Scores of people are feared dead in an outbreak of conflict between Tiv farmers and nomadic Fulani herdsmen in southern parts of Taraba state, north eastern Nigeria ,just as the cattle breeders in the state alleged that at least 12 of their members were killed, hundred cows stolen.
Sources say that many are feared died in some parts of Donga, Takum and Gishiri village, Ibbi local government area during which the entire village was sacked with houses burnt down.
Contacted, the state chairman of Miyetti Allah Secretary of Cattle Breeders Alh.Mafindi Umar Danburam confirmed the fighting between the two Nigerian natives.
” These Tiv mercenaries crossed-over to Taraba, and killed our members , they stole over four hundred cows.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Joseph Kwaji confirmed the fighting but added that the police had no report of deaths arising from the crisis. “Security personnel have already been drafted to the crisis area, but we have not received any information on the number of deaths.
” In Ibbi, one Manaseh Yonga,had reported to police that some Fulani nomads had invaded and attacked them. Burnt their thatches mud round huts,a woman was said to have been killed there, but I can tell the exact number of the casualty, for now,” he added.
Also confirming the attacks, the chairman Ibbi local government council, Alh.Isiyaka Adamu had said that, ”The Fulani nomads had a stopover at a village called Jinkai in Wukari before crossing the river down to another village, Gishiri where mille ensued during which lives were lost, at least four -five persons were said to have been killed.
”There are pockets of attacks by mercenaries that come from the neighbouring Nasarawa and Plateau states on our communities. But measures have been taken by concern authorities and normalcy is now restored,” he said.
In the meantime, the fleeing Tiv farmers are temporarily taking refuge in Ibbi town motor park.