- Seventy-three people were said to have been killed by suspected armed herdsmen in two local government areas of Taraba state
- They were said to have been killed in July 2018 in the Lau and Ardo-Kola local government areas
- This was disclosed by the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Taraba state has said 73 of their members were killed by suspected armed herdsmen in July 2018 in the Lau and Ardo-Kola local government areas of the state.
Punch reports that the Christian body disclosed this on Wednesday, August 15. It also said over 15,000 people were displaced across 49 communities in the affected local government areas.
NAIJ.com gathers that the figure was given at a press briefing in Jalingo by the state acting chairman of CAN, Apostle John Aina, who called on the federal government to extend the Army’s Operation Whirl Stroke to Taraba to tackle killings in the state.
He said: “CAN Taraba state is saddened by the unfortunate recurring crisis in the state and we call on the federal government to extend the Army’s Operation Whirl Stroke currently going on in Benue to some flashpoints in Taraba to help to restore peace to the affected communities.
“We condemn in strong terms the unabating killings in some Christian communities by Fulani herdsmen, where 73 people were killed in the Lau and Ardo-Kola local government areas of the state across 49 villages last month.
“These attacks have led to the displacement of over 15,000 people who are now living as IDPs at various locations in the state in dehumanising circumstances."
Reacting to claims made by CAN, the commissioner of police in Taraba, David Akinremi, said: “The situation in Lau is not as bad as what CAN is portraying. There were some killings in Lau, but the situation has been brought under control.
“We have deployed personnel to strategic points in the area to restore peace and to enable IDPs return to their homes.
“People have to understand that security agents cannot be in every village, but we are trying our best to ensure safety of lives and property."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Christian Association of Nigeria (NAN) in Taraba state on Tuesday, January 16, described statement made by Emir of Kano Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, that over 800 Fulani people were killed in Taraba last year as false.
Sanusi had in an interview with journalists alleged that in one weekend, 800 people were killed on the Mambilla Plateau in Taraba state.
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