Five killed, houses burnt in fresh Tiv/Jukun crisis

Five persons were killed on Tuesday and several houses burnt in a fresh crisis between the Tiv and Jukuns in Rafinkada Village of Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Daniel Adi, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Council, confirmed the development in a telephone interview with with the News Agency of Nigeria in Jalingo.

Adi alleged that gunmen in Army camouflage attacked Rafinkada and set several houses ablaze.
The Chairman disclosed that a soldier injured in the attack is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Wukari.
He said the deployment of soldiers to the area has brought the situation under control.

DSP David Missal, spokesman of the Taraba State Police Command, confirmed the incident, but said only one person killed.

“The report I have indicated that armed militia youth crossed from Benue State and attacked a community in Wukari LGA and one person was killed and some houses burnt,” the spokesman said.

NAN recalls that the crisis between the Jukun and Tiv ethnic groups, especially on the border villages between Benue and Taraba States, has lingered since March 2019.

The rift had claimed hundreds of lives and led to the destruction of several property worth billions of naira.