Properties worth millions of naira were destroyed over the weekend following a communal crisis between Jole and Shomo ethnic groups in Lau local government area of Taraba State.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the clash was as a result of a disagreement over the ownership of a fish pond located in an area between the two ethnic groups.
Speaking to the warring communities yesterday in Lau, the caretaker chairman of Lau LGA, Mr. Nelson Banker urged the two communities to lay down their arms in order to enable the government investigate the cause of the crisis.
He warned the people of the area to stay away from the pond and threatened that government would not hesitate in taking a drastic action against anybody connected to the crisis in the areas.
He called on those who fled the area as a result of the incident to return to their respective homes. He said adequate security had been provided.
When contacted the Taraba State police public relations officer, DSP Joseph Kwaji who confirmed the incident said the command has deployed a team of armed mobile police men to the crisis areas.
He stressed that the situation was under control, adding that investigation was on-going to know the root of the crisis.
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