Suspected militias attack IDPs who have returned, there is unrest in Taraba.



In Taraba State’s Wukari local government council, a large number of internally displaced people who had returned were attacked on Friday by suspected militants.

Once more, emotions have been sparked by the attack that took place on Friday in the Tor-Iorlumun Community, Rafinkada Ward of the aforementioned local government body.

Beyond the attacks, it was discovered that the returnees’ possessions had also been completely destroyed.

Some of the victims described their suffering at the hands of their assailants, saying that when they were busy repairing their shattered homes and laying bricks to reconstruct, the attackers broke into the neighbourhood.

One of the victims, Tarnege John, who identified himself as a victim, claimed that the attackers were not only armed but also to the teeth, but also sporadically shooting.

He claimed that while “some of our comrades fled into the bushes for protection,” the attackers did not spare those who chose to remain behind.

Three of us were left in our own pools of blood after being heavily attacked with machetes by those of us who stayed to investigate what led to the regrettable and unpleasant scenario.

The moment they realised we were unconscious, they took away our Peugeot and three motorcycles and burned everything we owned without any resistance.

The assailants appealed to the federal government after expressing their regret over what they perceived as the municipal and state governments’ ambivalence for the state’s displaced Tiv people.

Both the municipal and state administrations requested that the federal government act quickly to save the state’s displaced Tiv people.

Additionally, they urged all levels of authority to take proactive measures to stop any crisis from reoccurring in the council and the state at large.

Dr. Daniel Adi, the chairman of the council’s caretaker committee, told newsmen when he was called for comment that he was just leaving Jalingo, the state’s capital, for Wukari.

He acknowledged receiving information about what transpired in his local government and made a commitment to contact our correspondent as soon as he had evaluated the circumstances in the neighbourhood.

Usman Abdullahi, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO),commented that the Command has not yet received a thorough briefing on the situation.However, he made a vow to speak with the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Wukari Division to learn more about the situation and to provide the press with an update as soon as possible.