The ongoing clashes between Jukun and Tiv ethnic groups have claimed 10 lives, while several others were injured.
This was revealed by the Chairman of Wukari Local Government Council of Taraba, Mr Daniel Adi, in an interview with newsmen today.
He said more than nine communities had so far been razed and displaced from the Kente ward of the affected area.
The Jukun and TIV ethnic groups share common boundary between Benue and Taraba states.
Adi said “As I am talking to you now, several households including Government Day Secondary School (GDSS) Kente, were burnt down by the attackers in the early hours of today.”
“I made efforts to contact my counterpart in Ukum LGA in Benue to appeal to his people to lay down their arms and embrace peace,”
He noted that the Wukari local council was footing the bills of several injured persons currently receiving treatment at the Wukari general hospital.
Also speaking, a former APC governorship aspirant, Chief David Kente, has bemoaned the destruction of lives and property, describing the crisis as unfortunate.
Kente noted that the Tivs and Jukuns had co-existed peacefully for many years after their first clashes in 1991, just as he implored the groups to embrace peace.
He further vowed to render assistance to those who lost their property to the crisis.
Also, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Taraba Police Command, ASP David Misal, confirmed the development, while noting the death of two persons at the initial stage of the crisis on April 1, saying the police was yet to ascertain the actual casualty figure.