Exclusive: Ethnic Tension In Southern Taraba As Farming Season Approaches

By Nahum Sule, Jalingo

As the new farming season approaches, there is ethnic crisis between Tiv and it neighbours in Southern Taraba.

These crises have lasted for over two years but it is now taking a new dimension as scores have been killed and thousands displaced in recent weeks.

About 73 people are said to be missing with about 2000 others mostly women and children have been displaced following the attack on the Dogon-Gawa community in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State last week.

Also, the attack in Rafin Kada, Assa, Tsukundi in Wukari local government area which claimed seven lives mostly farmers clearing their farms for the new planting season, are some of the attacks that is brewing tension in the zone.

The tension is scaring farmers away.

Speaking, the chairman of Wukari local government area, Adi Daniel Grace condemned the recent attacks.

He said the attacks are the handiwork of some mischievous people who don’t think about the plight of the local people.

Grace asserts that “last year everyone witnessed the hash effects that the crisis brought and surprisingly, the rain has started falling and a chance for us to regained the lost of last year, but yet some mischievous elements who don’t care about the plight of the local people are fueling the crisis”.

Also speaking to the chairman of Takum local government area Shiban Tikari in a telephone interview said the act of igniting war during farming season is evil and devilish.

“People of Takum axis both Tiv and Jukun survive purely on agriculture, to fuel crisis in such season is condemnable”.

Tikari who recently escape assassination by unknown gunmen condemned the act and called for government to deploy more security to the axis to allow farmers farm peaceful.

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