No fewer than five persons were killed on Tuesday and several houses burnt in a fresh crisis between the Tiv and Jukun in Rafinkada Village of Wukari local government area of Taraba State.
Daniel Adidas, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Council confirmed the development. He alleged that gunmen in army camouflage attacked Rafinkada and set several houses ablaze.
The Chairman disclosed that a soldier injured in the attack is receiving treatment in a Wukari hospital. He said that the deployment of soldiers to the area has brought the situation under control.
DSP David Missal, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state police command, confirmed the incident, but said only one person killed;
“The report I have indicated that armed militia youth crossed from Benue State and attacked a community in Wukari LGA and one person was killed and some houses burnt”, the PPRO said.
The crisis between the Jukun and Tiv ethnic groups especially on the border villages between Benue and Taraba States has lingered since March 2019. The rift had claimed hundreds of lives and led to the destruction of several property worth billions of naira.