From Nahum Sule, Jalingo
Taraba state police command has confirmed the death of 10 persons after weekend attacks on some communities in the Bali local government area of Taraba state.
The victims were killed at Bornu Kurku, Utsua Daa, Baafada and Bali town on Sunday evening. The crisis which erupted between the Tiv and Fulani claimed over 30 lives according to a local source and displaced over 3,000.
The Tiv leaders in the state also alleged that over 3,000 persons have been forced out of their localities particularly women and children contrary to the police report he said.
The President-general Tiv Cultural and Social Association, Joshua Ayagwa, condemned the attack on the Tiv in the state, and called on the herders to desist from the senseless killings and displacement of this people.
Ayagwa also called on the security agents to stop the attacks and arrest the herders behind the killing of innocent citizens in the state.
Spokesman of the police in Taraba, DSP David Misal confirmed in a short text message Sunday night. In a short statement issued by the police, it explained that relative peace has returned to the affected communities. And that the state commissioner of police has deployed officers to the area. The text message reads, “ Good evening sorry for the late response I’m getting connected.
“Regarding the incident in Bali the situation is now calm, records at our disposal indicated about ten lives lost.
“The Commissioner of Police has deployed additional policemen to the area.“