5 people killed as TIV militias Attacked Jukun villages in Taraba State

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Know fewer than five people were killed in a fresh attacks as suspected Tiv militias attacked Jukun villages early hours of today in Taraba State.

The source from the area said the villages attacked include Rafinkada and Kente in Wukari in the southern part of the state.

The attacked came barely two weeks after the deputy governors of Taraba and Benue states met in Wukari of which the two party agree that issued between the two had been resolved.

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About 11 people, their were about is questionable, because it was Confirming by Daniel Adi, the Caretaker Chairman of Wukari LGA, that they were still missing.

Many houses in Rafinkada and Kente, were set ablaze by the militias.

He said, ‘’Rafinkada and Kente were on fire this morning and five people are suspected to have been killed by the Tiv militias. The casualty figures may rise.

‘’All these people are coming from Benue State and is like the Benue State government is fighting Wukari Local Government in particular.”

He then pleaded with the Nigerian government to intervene and warn Benue people to desist trespassing into “our lands and fighting us in Wukari.’’

He also confirmed that, this last attacks, have raise the total number of victims allegedly killed by Tiv ethnic militias to 40.

‘’With today’s attack, over 40 people were killed in the recent time by these Tiv militias based on figures available.

‘’Enough is enough! We will defend ourselves now because we have been pushed to the wall.’’

"Zando Hoku, a Jukun youth leader in the area, , also spoke on the incident".

‘’In the early hours of today, the Tiv people in large numbers, working on their numerical strength, besieged our two communities of Rafinkada and Kente.We had earlier repelled their attack but they came back this morning.

‘’We have been defending for quite a long time, they have been coming to attack our villages and the government has not done anything to stop the conflict,” he said.

However, Orbee Uchiv a Tiv spokesperson in the state, debunked the claimed, he said he is not awere of the attacks.

‘’But you know they (Jukuns) have been recently attacking our villages in Wukari areas. More than 20 people were killed in different attacks.The whole of my village, Ikyaior, was burnt by Jukuns. My ultra-modern school with 50 computers, well-equipped science laboratory, library, an administrative block, blocks of classrooms, etc were looted and others totally razed down, recently.

‘’ As I said earlier, let me confirm on today’s fight because I am not aware of it,’’ Mr Uchiv said.

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