Fifty-three people were yesterday killed in fresh Fulani attack and communal crisis in Plateau and Taraba states.
While 30 persons were killed in another fresh attack by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in two villages in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, 23 others died when Chamba ethnic group and Kuteb villagers clashed in Taraba State.
Chairman of Barkin Ladi Council, Mr. Emmanuel Lomang, who confirmed the fresh killings to newsmen yesterday in Jos, said the suspected Fulani attackers killed 17 people including women in Vat Village in the early hours of the day, 13 others were also killed in Zakupang Village, all in Foron District of the council.
Loman, who condemned the attack, accused security agencies of not protecting the people of the council.
He also decried the incessant attacks in the locality and challenged the security agencies especially the STF to take action towards arresting the masterminds
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the attacks took place at the village of the Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Reng Ochekpe.
Village Head of Kapwen in Foron District, Da Gwom Ishaku Pam, said that a Pastor working with the Church of Christ in Nation, COCIN, Luka Gwom, was also killed during the attack.
He added that a lady, Pualina, who got married two weeks ago, was also killed by the attackers who he identified as Fulani herdsmen.
The village head said the series of attacks in the locality had caused them sleepless nights and maintained that so far 17 corpses had been recovered and awaiting mass burial.
The Media and Information Officer of the Special Task Force did not pick his calls when Nigerian Pilot attempted to get the security agent’s reaction.
Only last Saturday, 400 people were allegedly killed in the state by soldiers who retaliated the alleged killing of four of their colleagues in Kumbun area of Wase Local Government Area.
The Traditional Ruler of Kumbun, Ponzhi Jessey Miri, claimed that the rampaging soldiers killed over 400 persons whose bodies littered three Taroh villages of Kadarko, Kurmi and Wadata.
The soldiers allegedly stormed the villages in over 40 trucks on Saturday following reports that four soldiers were killed at Plateau border with Angwan Nanmi in Karin Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Meanwhile, residents of Karim Lamido who are still mourning their loved ones who were allegedly killed by soldiers in a reprisal attack, their counterparts in Takum in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State were yesterday trapped in violence between Kuteb and Chamba villages.
When normalcy returned, 23 people were feared dead.
Trouble started when some youths from the Chamba allegedly mocked the Kuteb and asked them to leave Takum because they were settlers.
The Chamba group dramatised their action by dressing a pig and a dog and referring to two animals as the Kuteb and chasing them to leave Takum town.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the chasing of the Kuteb from Takum has been source of concern to the residents of the area even as the traditional stool in the area became a thing of contest between the Kuteb and the Jukun which degenerated to a serious crisis where many people were killed and several houses destroyed.
A resident of the area disclosed that the victory of the governor-elect, Darius Ishaku, a Chamba with close lineage with the Jukun has raised the people’s hope that the issue of the traditional stool of the area would soon be resolved.
He claimed that the Chamba people were attacking and killing the Kuteb and blaming it on the Tiv.
But another source insisted that the crisis was between the Kuteb and the Tiv as the Kuteb were on revenge mission against the Tiv killed 13 residents.
It was further learnt that the corpses were packed in a church in Takum.
Already, soldiers have been drafted to the area where there is restriction of movement in Takum in compliance with the 24 hour curfew imposed by the council chairman t, Mr. Caleb Bitrus Badafi.
The spokesman of the state police command, Joseph Kwaji, admitted that 9 persons were killed in the crisis.

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