Village head, lmam, others killed in Taraba crisis

Taraba state governor, Darius Ishaku

The village head of Bagoni in Taraba state and the Imam of the village were killed in a midnight attack carried out by suspected militia, Daily Trust has reported. The newspaper reports that three other persons were also killed at Wurbo village, all in Bali local government area of Taraba state.

Many people were also allegedly feared killed on Friday, June 5, in an attack at Tunga village in the same local government by suspected militiamen.

Tontrends gathers that the villages attacked by suspected militia belonged to Jibawa which is a subgroup of Jukun ethnic group.

During the attack, several houses were burnt down and property worth millions of Naira including farm produce were also carted away by the attackers.

A resident of Bagoni village who narrowly escaped said the Jibawa were not part of the ongoing Tiv and Jukun crisis, alleging that recent attacks are compounding the crisis in the state. Taraba police spokesperson, DSP David, said the command is waiting for detail of the attack.