At least 22 persons are feared killed in fresh
attacks between ethnic Jukun and Tiv
communities of Wukari local government area
in southern Taraba State, residents and local
officials have said.
The two communities have been at war in the
last three weeks, resulting in the loss of lives
Witnesses said a Tiv militia stormed Wukari’s
suburbs around 7 p.m on Friday.
A resident, Bwacha David, said the attackers
who were over 200 caught the villagers
Mr David said the attackers set many houses
on fire. ‘’They killed more than 10 persons
and burnt many houses,” he said.
The chairman of the local government, Adi
Daniel, confirmed the attack.
“We just woke up with another fresh attack
by suspected Tiv militias who struck at the
suburbs of Wukari. We are being provoked
now to retaliate because we cannot keep
silent while people continue to attack us.
‘’This is the eighth attack on us by Tiv militias
in the recent time. Over 22 people were killed
and we didn’t kill even an insect.
‘’And today’s attack is coming after last
Monday’s peace meeting,’’ the local
government boss said.
However, Orbee Uchiv, a Tiv leader, alleged
that Jukun militia first attacked the Tiv.
‘’On Monday, the Deputy Governors of Taraba
and Benue met together with the Aku Uka
and Tor Tiv. The political and traditional
leaders sued for peace.
‘’Unfortunately, in the wee hours of Tuesday,
Vaase, a border town was attacked and more
than seven people were killed again. On the
night of Wednesday, Tse Kaakigh village was
completely razed. The security agencies
visited the place to assess the level of
“Last night, Ikyaior village came under attack.
In all these attacks, it was claimed the Fulani
were the ones attacking the Tiv. We are
“Just yesterday, they (Jukuns) killed a nursing
mother at the suburb of Wukari and we are
being pushed to the wall.
“The Federal government should urgently step
in to restore peace,’’ he said.
Police spokesperson in the state, David Misal,
confirmed the attacks but could not give
“I was called by some residents and informed
me about the attack. But I am yet to be
briefed by the DPO or area command, so I
cannot speak on the casualties, and presently
I am in church for Easter,” Mr Misal said.