- The communal clashes in Benue and Taraba continue unabated
- There are, however, reports that the governors of the affected states are not on duty
- While Governor Ortom is reportedly on leave, Governor Ishaku is speculated to be in the US
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state and his counterpart in Taraba, Darius Ishaku, are reportedly not on duty as communal clashes continue unabated in their states.
The two states have been in the past few weeks witnessing clashes between Tib and Jukun communities.
Leaders of the Tiv community say the crisis has already killed 23 persons while the Jukun put their casualty figures at 12.
According to The Guardian, the conflict started two weeks ago in Kente Village, in Wukari local government area, Taraba state and spilled to Ukum LGA in neighbouring Benue state.
The newspaper further reports that the spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba, Aaron Artemas, said the state governor is "nowhere to be found" as the clashes continue.
“It is a big surprise that his state is on fire, yet he (Ishaku) is nowhere to be found,” Artemas said.
He questioned the governor's use of security votes he has received since coming into office.
“Though I was not around when he left the country, I suspect he is in the United States,” said a source at the Taraba state Government House.
Also, Governor Ortom of Benue state is reported to be on leave.
Taraba state police spokesman, David Misal, also said the command is doing everything possible to ensure normalcy is restored in the state.
Meanwhile, an emergency security meeting of the two states is scheduled to hold today, Monday, April 15, in Wukari.
Benue state acting governor, Benson Abounu, said the session would seek to proffer lasting solutions.
In a statement by his chief press secretary, Abounu described as unacceptable killings and destruction of property in the Tiv communities of Gbeji, Vaase and Jootar, and vowed the culprits would be brought to book.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that no fewer than 15 dead bodies were allegedly recovered on Thursday, April 11, at Vaase settlement in Ukum local government area of Benue state as the communal clashes continued.
The dead bodies were recovered following the razing of over 100 houses in the clashes in both sides of the divide.