Five Killed, Several Injured As Gunmen Attack Taraba Communities

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Five persons have been killed by gunmen in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The chairman of the council Mr Daniel Grace confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Wednesday.

According to him, two were killed at Numa village, one at Toshan, while the other two were killed at Yoyina.

He further stated that many others were injured in the course of the attack and are currently receiving treatment.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, David Misal, however, said that only three were killed and that is what was reported to him by the Divisional Police Officer of Wukari.

“A commercial vehicle travelling from the East to Mubi in Adamawa State was shot at sporadically by suspected militia at a village near Wukari in Taraba State and a passenger was killed in the process,” he said.

“We also got information that two persons were killed on their farmlands in Wukari LGA”.

Misal further stated that the police has since been drafted to the affected areas to curtail further breakdown of law and order.

Five Killed, Houses Burnt In Fresh Taraba Attack

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Map of Taraba State

 

No fewer than five persons have been reported killed in Tor Musa, under Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State. 

The chairman of the Local Government Area, Daniel Grace told Channels Television that about 100 houses were also burnt in the attack which was carried out on Tuesday.

He claimed that the attack was carried out by Tiv militia who wore military camouflage.

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“The militia came in through Kyado in Benue State and ambushed people around TorMusa.

“They were dressed in military uniform. They killed five persons, while several others were injured.

“I can confirm to you that about 100 houses have been burnt down by the attackers,” the local government chairman said.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the state police command, DSP David Misal said he has no information of the incident as the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the area is yet to brief him.

The fresh attack has however heightened tension in the area of Taraba State.

Taraba State has witness spate of attacks which has been on the rise. Last week, many houses including a police station were burnt down by attackers in Chunku Community in Wukari Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The increased attacks resulted in a protest by Women of Kona community who marched through Kona Garu streets in Jalingo and ended at ATC.

The women lamented that they are terrified by the incessant attacks.

This resulted in a curfew imposed by the Taraba State Government. The curfew was later relaxed.

IDPs Seek Welfare Assistance From Taraba, Nasarawa State Govts

IDPs, Bama, Humanitarians, BornoInternally Displaced Persons (IDPs), from Wukari Local government area of Taraba state who are taking refuge in Nasarawa state, are seeking assistance from the government of both states and well meaning individuals to cater for their welfare.

They made their needs known when Channels Television visited the camp where they are residing.

The IDP’s who have been in Nasarawa state since June, 2014, said they depend on menial jobs around their vicinity for survival.

They also lamented over the fact that their children have been forced to leave school and that many of their relatives have starved to death.

“We are facing food and health challenges and our children do not go to school. We are appealing to the government and individuals to intervene immediately.

“They should help us with food and other things because what we are facing is not good. We will not stop appealing to them until something is done”

The people who are over 200 in number are currently taking solace at the ‘Almajiri’ school built by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2012, which has never been put to use since completion.

Just recently, the Nasarawa state government had asked the IDP’s to vacate the school and return to their state, but they have remained, as a result of not having where to return to.

Speaking on their behalf, one of the IDPs therefore appealed to the governor to allow them start their lives afresh if no other place would be provided for them.

“In terms of the vacation from here, if we would be leaving this place as the governor says, he should please create another environment for us and if there is an arrangement as such we would be happy; but if there is nothing, the governor should please leave us here because we don’t have anywhere to go even in our home in Wukari where we left before coming here, we have no home we have nothing there so it is here that will calm us down that we will be able to start our lives afresh” he said.

Taraba: PDP Women Protest Tribunal Judgment

Taraba PDP Women Protest Tribunal JudgmentThe women wing of Taraba State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed disappointment in the Governorship Election Tribunal judgment which nullified the election of Darius Ishaku as governor of the state.

The women staged the protest in Jalingo, the state’s capital on Saturday.

Leader of the group, Fatima Hassan, described the tribunal judgment as unfortunate and appealed to the supporters to remain calm and peaceful as the matter has been taken to the Appeal Court for redress.

There have been tension in Taraba State which resulted in protests in some parts of the state since the judgment of the governorship election tribunal sitting in Abuja nullified the election of Ishaku as governor of the state and declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Aisha Alhassan winner of the April election.

Meanwhile, Organised Private Sector and the Civil Service in Taraba State have been reassured that governance and security of lives and property in the state are guaranteed despite the verdict of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.

Giving the government’s assurance a day after the violence that started in Wukari after the Tribunal’s judgement left at least eight persons dead, the Chief, stated that business activities and government commitments in the state had not been affected in any way.

As various groups continue to appeal for calm and peaceful coexistence among citizens in the state pending the Appeal Court’s decision, all Tarabans must realise that without peace there cannot be any development; therefore, embracing peace and resulting to rule of law remain the path to justice.

Taraba Government Reassures Residents Of Calm After Tribunal Verdict

Darius IshakuOrganised private sector and the civil service in Taraba State in north-east Nigeria, have been reassured that governance and security of lives and property in the state are guaranteed despite the verdict of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.

Giving the government’s assurance a day after violence that started in Wukari after the Tribunal’s judgement left at least eight persons dead, the Chief of Staff in the Government House, Rebo Usman, stated that business activities and government commitments in the state had not been affected in any way.

He said that the situation at the moment was contrary to what was being speculated after the Tribunal decision was relayed to the state.

Since the Tribunal in its verdict nullified the election of Darius Ishaku as Governor of Taraba State, the state has been in severe tension, with apprehension across the 16 local government areas.

Several comments, including condemnation and commendation, have been made in relation to the Tribunal’s decision which invariably has been worrisome to citizens of the state.

However, the initial tension created by the verdict has greatly reduced, as commercial activities have picked up in the capital city and environs.

Citizens have been going on with their duties, with assurances from the government that lives and property are secured.

The All Progressives Congress, through its state chapter’s secretary, Tony Suleiman, beliefs that the verdict is a reflection of the truth politically. The party claimed that the people were yearning for change at the governorship election held in April.

A coalition of civil society in the state, however, condemned the disturbances in Wukari following the judgment in Abuja and urge all concerned citizens to allow the rule of law prevail instead of resorting to destruction of lives and property.

Gunmen Claim 25 Lives In Andoyaku, Taraba

Gunmen have attacked Andoyaku community in Wukari local government area of Taraba state.gunmen

The incident reportedly claimed 25 lives on Monday night.

The attackers were said to have set the entire village ablaze while the residents fled their homes to unknown destinations.

The acting Governor, Garba Umar, is worried about this incident especially as it comes after the setting up of a peace committee in Taraba state.

He directed more soldiers to be deployed to the community and has re-opened the Takum General Hospital, so that victims of the recent violent attacks in the area could receive treatment.

About a week ago, there was siege on Wukari Town in Taraba State, as  some suspected Fulani Herdsmen attacked the town. Several people were killed while others have fled to neighbouring villages.

The acting Governor also announced that the 24-hour curfew earlier imposed in the area had been relaxed and would be in force between 6 a.m and 12noon

Fresh Attack In Wukari, Taraba State

There is a siege on Wukari Town in Taraba State as fresh reports say some Fulani Herdsmen have attacked the town. Several people have been killed while others have fled to neighbouring  villages.fulani herdsmen

The residents are appealing to security forces to come to their rescue as they are being held hostage by these gunmen.

For days, the community has witnessed a series of violent attacks which have been attributed to religious issues but the Police Commissioner, Kalafite Adeyemi assured the residents that everything was under control and it had no religious or political undertones.

On Wednesday, the Taraba Police Command confirmed the death of seven persons in the violence which broke out overnight in Wukari.

The Police Public Relations officer, ASP, Jospeh Kwaji attributed the violence to reprisal attacks by youths in the town, following alleged incessant raids by suspected herdsmen from surrounding villages.

He shut down rumours that the crisis was religious.

There has been a bit of uncertainty as regards the death toll as the Police Command in the state state that seven people were killed, but eye witness account suggests the death toll is 15.

Seven People Killed In Wukari Attack

On Wednesday, the Taraba Police Command confirmed the death of seven persons in the violence which broke out overnight in Wukari, Taraba State.fulani-herdsmen-300x1971

The Police Public Relations officer, ASP, Jospeh Kwaji attributed the violence to reprisal attacks by youths in the town, following alleged incessant raids by suspected Herdsmen from surrounding villages.

He shut down rumours, that the crisis was religious; there has been a bit of uncertainty as regards the death toll, the Police Command in the state, says seven people were killed, eye witness account suggests the death toll is 15.

Warring Ethnic Groups In Taraba Sign Peace Pact

fulani-herdsmenA peace agreement has been signed by warring factions in Taraba state, north east region of Nigeria following dialogue among the affected communities with a pledge to establish peace and friendly relationship.

The truce was brokered by the Presidential Peace Committee led by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Michael Zonkumor, between the Junkun, Hausa, Tiv, and Fulani in the southern zone of the state with assurance to cease hostilities and coexist peacefully.

There had been series of communal clashes particularly in Ibi, Wukari and Takum Local Government Areas of the state while the Tiv/Fulani crisis that spilled over from Benue State affected four other local government councils resulting in loss of lives, property and displacement of several families.

As part of measures to curtail escalation of the crisis, the acting governor, Mr Garba Umar, summoned a security council meeting between traditional rulers, security chiefs and local government chairmen after which more security personnel were deployed to the affected areas while some relief materials were given to the displaced persons.

 

Taraba Assembly Endorses Josiah Kente As New Speaker

Taraba State House of Assembly has unanimously endorsed Hon. Josiah Sabo Kente representing Wukari I constituency as its new speaker.

Until his endorsement on Monday, Hon Josiah Sabo Kente was the Deputy Majority Leader of the house.

The recent development followed the passing away of former speaker late Hon. Haruna Sokwa representing Takum I constituency who died eight days ago after a brief illness.

The new speaker in his acceptance speech called on people of the state within and in the diaspora to team up with the state in its development drive.

He also called on the law makers to extend similar cooperation accorded to his predecessor while in office to him too.

The speaker, who prayed for speedy recovery of the state Governor Danbaba Suntai, also prayed Almighty God to grant his predecessor eternal rest.

Hon Josiah Sabo Kente was born in 1970 and currently a PHD student of Mass Communication in Benue State university Makurdi.

Before joining politics, the speaker was a television journalist with the Taraba Television (TTV) and was elected to represent Wukari I constituency in 2007 elections.

This is his second term in the Taraba State House of Assembly.

Committee Presents Report On Taraba Violence

The judicial commission of inquiry investigating the violence in Ibi and Wukari areas of Taraba state has submitted its report, claiming that the violence was as a result of intra-ethnic clashes and has nothing to do with religious concerns.

Chairman of the commission, Justice Philibus Andetur, while presenting the report to the Taraba State Government, stated that the findings of the commission revealed that the clash was among the same ethnic group but was only fuelled by religious sentiments to cause mayhem among the people.

Acting Governor of Taraba state, Garba Umar assured that the recommendations of the commission will be adhered to, while those found wanting will be prosecuted according to the laws of the land.

The report consists of findings and recommendations, record of proceedings, as well as exhibits and memoranda collated from the public.

It will be recalled that crisis engulfed the towns of Wukari and Ibi in Taraba state, North East Nigeria in the month of May, leading to loss of lives and destruction of properties worth millions of Naira.

 

Police Declare 24 Hour Curfew In Wukari Town

A 24-hour curfew has been placed on Wukari town in Taraba state after a communal clash left 39 people dead, 30 injured and about 30 houses burnt.

The Taraba state police public relations officer, Mr Joseph Kwaji, who disclosed this, stated that the injured persons are now receiving treatment in various hospitals in the town, while 30 persons had been arrested in connection with the crisis.

Mr kwaji explained that the situation has been brought under control and the town is now relatively calm as more security officers have been deployed to the area.

Crisis broke out in Wukari on Friday during a funeral procession for a third class chief of the Jukun Traditional Council.

The violence reportedly started when the mourners passed through a section of the town, chanting slogans which allegedly angered the residents of the area.

The incident comes after a panel was set up to investigate clashes which occurred in the same town in February owing to a football dispute which claimed several lives.