A clash between Kona community and Fulani groups in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba state was reported earlier today. Following investigations on the clash, the Taraba Police command has confirmed the death of six people from the attacks.
The state command’s spokesperson, DSP David Misal, confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jalingo today, that apart from the six people who died, there were several others who sustained severe injuries and were receiving treatment at different health centres in Jalingo. Many houses were also burnt down during the clash.
Misal explained that the incident followed a misunderstanding between the two groups over farming and grazing land. He said that the command had deployed its personnel to restore peace in the affected areas.
The police spokesman further told NAN that houses in Abbare Maikinta and Wuro Malam Nuhu communities were set on fire during the clash.
According to him, the police are monitoring unfolding events in the area with a view to restoring sustainable peace. He disclosed that the command had so far arrested five persons in connection with the incident while further investigation was ongoing.
An eyewitness, Aliyu Mohammed, who is taking refuge in Jalingo, said he had counted at least 15 corpses as he was fleeing his community.
NAN reports that hundreds of displaced persons are currently taking refuge at the secretariat of the Muslim Council in Jalingo, Kona Village, and Malam Ali villages.