Jukun/Tiv crisis: Taraba Council boss escape assassination

The caretaker chairman of Donga Local Government Area in Taraba State, Hon. Nashuka Ipeyen, yesterday narrowly escaped assassination by militias suspected to be Jukun who were protesting his stance for peace and support for the security agencies, leading to the arrest of some of their members by security agencies in the area.

Nashuka told journalists that the incident happened when he was holding a meeting with stakeholders in the local government to restore peace in the area.

Nashuka said it took the efforts of the military and Mobile policemen deployed in the area to keep the peace to rescue him and others from the lodge where the meeting was being held.

The council Chairman further explained that his house was vandalized and looted by the militias after their failed attempt to lynch him.

“The Jukun militias attacked me yesterday that I am supporting the military and Tiv people. I was, however, rescued alongside others.

“I am now in the middle of a crisis, the Tiv are accusing me of supporting my Jukun tribal people, my Jukun people are accusing me of supporting the security. But all I want is for the crisis to stop. We don’t need crises, what we need is peace,” he said.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP David Misal, said the command was yet to be briefed on the incident.