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Published On: Mon, Jul 13th, 2020

Adamawa communal clash: Govt, royal fathers urged to intervene as councilor killed

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From Umar Dankano,Yola

The Adamawa state government and the Adamawa Traditional council have been urged to intervene in the lingering communal crisis rocking the Lunguda and Wajah communities in the state.
Councilor representing Lafiya ward in Lamurde local government Area, Hon.Abubakar Yahaya gave his disposition in a mobile phone interview weekend stressing that the duo need to do the needful by charging the two communities to call their people to order.
Yahaya who doubles as the Minority leader in the Lamurde Local government legislative council expressed dismay over the continued attacks and counter-attacks being experienced in these communities where human lives and properties worth millions are destroyed.
Yahaya confessed that the Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s administration has been up and doing over the communal conflict but said more is needed in addressing the remote causes of the lingering crisis.
He said the recent attack to some villages behind lafiya town was allegedly launched by Lunguda militias at about 11:30 pm on Wednesday’s night where they started burning houses in some wajah speaking villages of tsohon tike,Zakawan and Tarakira .
He added that the Wajah community had informed the military and other security outfits in the area who swiftly mobilised and in the process of exchange of cross fire some among the attackers were gunned down including a serving counsellor from Guyuk legislative council.
He advised the authorities concerned to make sure the selective and biased laws being implemented on wajahs that if you have five farmlands,you must surrender three to Lunguda people forcefully are reversed forthwith.
“On earth,! how can the Lunguda people be forcing their unjust laws on our people that if a Wajah man owns five farmlands farming on them,that he must surrender three to them forcefully.
“And on our side,some of these farmlands were inherited while some were bought from their people when the going was good between us and they are saying they must get them back cruelly.
“The government and traditional council should wade in for justice to rein in the land “.Yahaya appealed
However a source who pleaded anonymity from the Lunguda side told this reporter on phone that the Wajah community are those behind the unrest in the area claiming that they had attacked bloodily attacks on Lunguda communities five good times.

The source added that even the councillor representing Guyuk ward was killed when they launched an attack at Dumna village in Guyuk Council.
Commenting on the development,Another security personnel who preferred undisclosed identity said the situation is calmed now stressing that the dusk to dawn curfew imposed by the state government has assisted greatly.
He observed the remote causes of the communal crisis between the duo is beyond farmland conflict as the government is assiduously working round the clock to address it.
On arrest made by the security in the crisis,he confirmed many culprits were arrested and handed over to the Police Area commander in charge of Numan for further investigation and necessary actions.

Police Public Relations officer (PPRO),DSP Suleiman Nguroje when contacted on the situation said that,the commissioner of police told that the Governor and service commanders would be holding an enlarged reconciliation meeting in Guyuk local government with the warring communities today (Monday).
It could be recalled that there has been this communal clash between the Lunguda and Wajah communities in Guyuk and Lamurde local government areas where lives and properties in huge magnitude were lost for a while now.

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    Longuda u had kindly accommodated n welcome wajas gave them farm lands to feed their families.what then is the bond of contention.Try n identify the root cause of The problem. You have been together for long.Longudas n Wajas u should not allow outsiders to destroy ur long time good relationship

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