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The Caretaker Chairman of Wukari LGA, Daniel Adi has alleged that the killers in fresh attacks by suspected Tiv militias on Jukun villages in Taraba State “are coming from Benue State and is like the Benue State government is fighting Wukari Local Government in particular.”

Concise News reports that at least five persons have been reportedly killed in the attack.

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Adi divulges that about 11 persons are still missing as a result of the attacks which happened on Friday morning.

Local officials say they occurred in Rafinkada and Kente in Wukari in the southern part of the state.

The tragic turn of events came barely two weeks after the deputy governors of Taraba and Benue states met in Wukari after which they issued a communiqué that the crisis between the two groups had been resolved.

Confirming the attacks, Adi, says the attackers also set ablaze many houses in Rafinkada and Kente.

“Rafinkada and Kente were on fire this morning and five people are suspected to have been killed by the Tiv militias. The casualty figures may rise.

“All these people are coming from Benue State and is like the Benue State government is fighting Wukari Local Government in particular.”

Adi urges the Federal Government to intervene and warn Benue people to stop trespassing into “our lands and fighting us in Wukari.’’

However, he notes that with the latest attacks, the total number of victims of killings allegedly ‘executed’ by Tiv ethnic militias had risen to 40 people.

“With today’s attack, over 40 people have been killed in recent time by these Tiv militias based on figures available.

“Enough is enough! We will defend ourselves now because we have been pushed to the wall.”

Meanwhile, Zando Hoku, a Jukun youth leader in the area, also spoke on the incident.

“In the early hours of today, the Tiv people in large numbers, working on their numerical strength, besieged our two communities of Rafinkada and Kente. We had earlier repelled their attack but they came back this morning.

“We have been defending for quite a long time, they have been coming to attack our villages and the government has not done anything to stop the conflict,” he says.

However, Orbee Uchiv a Tiv spokesperson in the state says he had no knowledge of the attacks.

“But you know they (Jukuns) have been recently attacking our villages in Wukari areas. More than 20 people were killed in different attacks. The whole of my village, Ikyaior, was burnt by Jukuns. My ultra-modern school with 50 computers, well-equipped science laboratory, library, an administrative block, blocks of classrooms, etc were looted and others totally razed down, recently.

“As I said earlier, let me confirm on today’s fight because I am not aware of it,’’ Uchiv says.