Over 300 Persons Dead or Missing as Crisis Continue in Sardauna LGA

By Ikenga Chronicles June 21, 2017

Over 300 Persons Dead or Missing as Crisis Continue in Sardauna LGA

More than three hundred persons are either confirmed dead or missing in parts of Sardauna local government area of Taraba state following days of continued fights between the Mambilla and Fulani tribes in the area.

The state Police Public Relations Officer DSP David Misal who confirmed this said that the casualty figures stood at seven as at last count but is expected to have gone up following continued attacks on more villages and the inability of the security agencies to penetrate some of the affected areas due to difficult terrain.

Misal said that the Commissioner of Police in Taraba Mr Yakubu Babas has already relocated to the area temporarily to make sure that the situation is brought under control to forestall further loss of lives and property.

However, in a press statement issued on Wednesday by Fulani elders in Jalingo, the group alleged that the corpses of over one hundred of their people have been recovered and buried while over two hundred persons remain unaccounted for, while over three hundred villages have been greatly affected by the crisis.

The statement described the crisis as a genocide and deliberate ethnic cleansing targeted at the Fulanis in the area and called on the Federal Government to urgently move in to curb the situation before further deterioration.

The statement called on the Federal Government to also set up a judicial commission of inquiry into the matter to ascertain the root cause of the crisis and ensure that those found culpable are brought to justice to serve as deterrent to others.

The group accused the state government of “keeping quiet to the killings that the council chairman Mr John Yep had fueled by using the state government owned Radio station TSBS, to call on his kinsmen, the Mambillas to come out and execute the genocide”.

Part of the statement reads “while this carnage escalates to all parts of the local government, the state government has remained unconcerned while the local government chairman Mr John Yep made a personal message through the TSBS Gembu Booster station calling on his kinsmen to execute the genocide.”

Fighting erupted in the local government area on Sunday following the arrest of a retired police officer Umaru CID by the police following a court order.

Twenty four hour curfew has been placed in the local government area to curb the situation but so far, the attacks seem to continue almost unabated.