This online news medium understands that Abounu said this on Tuesday in Makurdi while speaking outcome of a fact-finding mission to Taraba.
According to him, the conflict was “uncalled for and unnecessary” as he narrated that the isssue started off with two persons.
“I was a very unfortunate incident; unfortunate in the sense that there was a fracas between two individuals – one Tiv, one Jukun and the Tiv guy was arrested by the police, detained, and later granted bailed,” he noted.
“For whatever reasons, the Jukun people took offense and felt that the Tiv guy should not have been granted bail and that he should have been taken to Wukari (Taraba state) because he was detained in Gbeji (Ukum LG) somewhere in Benue State.
“So at the end of the day how a criminal issue between two individuals degenerated into a communal clash between the Jukun and Tiv is something we do not understand.
“The crisis took place around Gbeji but at the end it extended to Wukari and to five other areas. Many houses over a stretch of five kilometers were burnt down, properties were destroyed and many shops looted.”
Over the weekend, more than 15 persons were killed in a renewed crisis between Jukun and Tiv tribes in Wukari, Taraba State with several houses razed down in the affected communities.
Also, not less than seven villages were set ablaze with scores of residents displaced.
The affected places are Tar-Orshi, Ikyaan Gbaki, Orlumun Nege, Tor-Musa, Ioryina, Kashuan Shanu, and Chonku villages.
According to the acting governor, the Taraba and Benue governments have set up a committee to find solutions to clashes between communities in the two states.