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Published On: Tue, Sep 2nd, 2014

Taraba: 13 people killed in fresh Wukari crisis

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Taraba State acting governor, Alhaji Garba UmarFrom Yusha’u Alhassan, Jalingo.

Thirteen people have been confirmed dead in a fresh ethno-religious crisis in Wukari, the

headquarters of Wukari local government area of Taraba state, despite the resolution reached in a meeting with the state government and the chairmen of the local government and the traditional rulers that chairmen and the traditional rulers will be responsible of any outbreak of crisis in their area.

Reports from Wukari say that some gunmen alleged were Jukun youths attack Muslims in the mosques during Morning Prayer at 5:30 am.

A resident of Wukari, name withheld, told our reporter in an telephone chat, that around 5: 30 am they were in the mosques after morning prayer they start hearing gun short from nowhere.

“I was in the mosque; after I finished my morning prayer, as I was trying to go back home, I saw some youths armed with guns; before I moved further, they started shorting. From there, some of us in the mosque escaped through the window of the mosque; I saw 8 corpses with my own eyes”, he narrated.

Commenting on the new crisis, a youth leader from Wukari AbdulAzeez Usman said there is no any benefit, or value gained from the recurring crisis, saying, “we all believe that when there is inadequate peace and harmony, nothing would be stable in any mutual interaction.

We all know that fighting with each other will not gain anything for us, rather than to cause destruction of houses and losing of innocent souls”.

When contacted, the Taraba state Police Public Relation Officer, ASP Joseph Kwaji confirmed the report, but said up to the time he was speaking, there was no any report on any loss of life.

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