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Police station, houses burnt down in fresh Taraba attack

GUNMEN have attacked a Taraba village causing the burning of a police station and some houses including properties, Taraba State police says on Thursday.

Spokesman of the Taraba Police Command, David Misal who confirmed the incident to The ICIR said the fracas happened at Jukun Community of Wukari Local Government that shared a border with the Tiv community of Benue State.

According to him, the incident was a retaliation of a previous attack done by the Jukun people earlier that led to the death of a Tiv man.

“We have this peculiar issue at hand whereby the Tiv and the Jukun are having problems among themselves. This morning some Tiv youths entered the Jukun settlement and burnt down some places and in the process, the police outpost in the settlement was burnt down by the attackers,” Misal told The ICIR.

No lives were lost but properties were burnt, said police.

Daniel Grace, Chairman of Wukari LG said that a luxury bus conveying passengers was also attacked by the armed men and the driver was wounded in the process. He lamented how some individuals were still bent on frustrating the peace agreement signed by both communities, thereby frustrating the state government’ efforts.

The Thursday attack came barely 24 hours after president Muhammadu Buhari ordered security forces to end the violence “immediately and decisively” in Taraba State. Buhari had said that attacks on innocent people in the name of revenge or whatever motives would not be tolerated by the government.

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