Fresh 15 bodies recovered as Tiv, Jukun clashes continue •Over 3,000 persons displaced in one week

Posted by News Express | 12 April 2019 | 1,482 times

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•Governor Ortom

As communal clashes between Jukun and Tiv communities in Taraba and Benue states continue, no fewer than 15 dead bodies of Tiv victims were again recovered yesterday at Vaase settlement in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.

This followed the razing of over 100 houses in the clashes in both sides of the divide.

Confirming the incidence, Special Adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom on Security, Col. Paul Hemba (rtd.) said intelligence revealed that the Jukun people have joined forces with the Fulani to perpetuate killings of Tiv people.

He said over 3,000 persons have been displaced since the crisis broke out last week and are presently camped at Jootar in Ukum Council.

Besides, the Tiv Youth Organisation has knocked President Muhamadu Buhari over comments credited to him on why Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom left the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Buhari was quoted to have told members of Nigerian community in Dubai that Ortom left APC due to unresolved issues concerning open grazing of cattle in Benue State.

But in a statement yesterday by its President General, Timothy Hembaor the group faulted the President’s comment, saying: “It was a confirmation of Buhari’s anti-Benue posture and confirms Ortom’s lack of confidence in federal authorities to protect his people.”

He described as laughable the assertion by President Buhari that those killing Benue people were not Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria. (Guardian)

Source: News Express

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