Fulani Community Calls Killings in Taraba Villages “Ethnic Cleansing”

The Fulani community in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State have accused the Mambilla tribe of committing ethnic cleansing against them.

The community in a press statement issued in Jalingo yesterday, said more than 20 families were wiped out in attacks within the week.

They said that as at yesterday morning more than 100 people had been killed in the attacks, adding that the killings were still going on

In the release signed by elders of the community, Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu , Malam Suleiman Musa, Alhaji Hassan Ardo and Alhaji Dauda Jae, the elders lamented that over 180 Fulani villages in the Mambilla Plateau were attacked.

The Fulani elders said the killings had continued now for the past four days and nothing was done by relevant authorities.

The elders said more than 130 persons, including children and women were missing while over 4,000 cows were either killed or taken away.

The Fulani community therefore appealed to Acting President Yemi Osibanjo to take all necessary measures to stop ‘the ethnic cleansing’ being committed against them.

The elders also called on the Federal Government and the United Nations to institute a commission of inquiry into the killings.

“We are not ready to accept any more window dressing by Taraba State because this is four days since the killings started and the government refused to utter a word or issue statement condemning the killings of our people,” the elders said

They also called on the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) as well as the National Emergency Relief Agency ( NEMA ) help the victims of the attacks.

The state Commissioner of Police Mr Yunana Babas could not be reached for comment over the casualty figure released by Fulani community.

The Public Relations Officer for the state command DSP David Misal also did not answer calls made to him severely by our reporter.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media Matters to Governor Darius Ishaku, Mr Silvanus Giwa did not answer calls made to him by our reporter.

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