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By Ige Olugbenga

A group, the Pastoral Resolve (PARE) has called for the declaration of state of emergency in Taraba state to stop the killings and restore order.

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The acting Executive Director of the organisation, Saleh Momal,e made the call on Thursday in Abuja at a press briefing over the incident.

Momale said the violence has led to the killings of over 90 people with over 15, 000 cows wounded and allowed to die in horrific manners.

He said while it is not the time fo the blame game, the federal government must immediately wade into the crisis to arrest its escalation and the attendant humanitarian crisis.

“Sadly, to this moment, there is no humanitarian response. Similarly, house belonging to all Fulani people within the areas of the local government dominated by the Mambilla tribesmen were looted and burnt from Nguroje to Dorofi,” he said.

Momale accused the state government of showing no interest in stopping the crisis.

“No efforts have been made to deploy Police to the affected areas to contain the violence. The state government reluctantly imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew which locked everyone else indoor in major towns, while allowing the militia free movement to continue to unleash terror in Fulani settlements outside the urban centres,” he said.

Momale said few military officers were deployed by the federal government and that they are not enough to contain the violence especially in the vast Mambilla Plateau.

He said: “We appeal to the federal government to urgently declare a state of emergency in Taraba state and suspend all the state democratic structures which have proven to be partisan and also instigators in the ongoing violence.”