15 Killed In Fresh Tiv/Jukun Crisis

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As the crises between Tiv and Jukun persist, no fewer than 15 persons have been reportedly killed in the early hours of yesterday at Vaase in Ukum local government area of Benue State. Special adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom on Security, Col Paul Hemba, who made this disclosure yesterday while speaking with newsmen, also intimated that over 3,000 persons have been displaced since the crisis broke out a week ago and are presently camped in Jootar in Ukum local government. According to the adviser, about ten persons were killed and over 100 houses were also razed as result of the tribal clash between Jukun and Tiv. However a local source told our correspondent that over 15 dead bodies were recovered so far. Col Hemba however disclosed that sourced from the area told him that Jukuns have connived with herdsmen to unleashed mayhem on the Tiv people. According to him, there may be more casualties as security agencies are still combing the area. He said efforts have been made by the state government to stop the crisis which started from Kente, a border town between Benue and Taraba. According to him, “I have travelled to the area three times. The crisis started in Kente where is a large population of Jukun and Tiv tribes. While there I held meetings with the Aku ‘ u’ ka and the special adviser to Governor Darius Ishaku on Security in attendance as well as the Tor Sankera, Chief Abu Shuluwa. “We resolved that both communities should cease hostilities to pave way for peace. But it is sad to note that after the meeting, killings are still going on. I received a report that rampaging Jukun youths invaded Vaase and vandalized a lot of property.” He lamented that may be the resolutions have not been properly communicated to them. I also, met with the Tiv youths and told them not to take the law into their hands. “The Police were in the process of deploying their men to the area, based on the intelligence report given to them, when this attack occurred this morning,” he explained.

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