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Six Villages Razed by Suspected Fulani Herdsmen in Bali

Saji Peters.

Report from Bali Local Government Area of Taraba state indicated that six villages have been razed down by suspected Fulani armed herdsmen. The villages which are mostly Tiv settlement are Sansani, Maihula, Gazabu, Jatau, Suntai and Maigoge.

Taravoices correspondent monitoring proceedings report that hundreds of Tiv farmers who were displaced by the herdsmen are now camped in different parts of the area seeking refuge.

He said eleven persons were said to have been killed during the renewed hostilities in the area. Tiv leader in Bali Local government area Tor David Gbaaga told our correspondent that the TIV people are not responsible for the killings and wondered why TIV people have been killed and chased out.

He said the act was a grand designed to disenfranchised the People for them not to take part in the INEC continuous voter education exercise. The Fulani leader, Ardo Adamu Abacha also told our reporter that he will speak on the matter when he has brief the chief of Bakundi Mohammed Gidado Misa.

Taravoices correspondent says hostilities between the Fulani armed herdsmen and Tiv farmers has attributed a misunderstanding between them.

Confirming the report, Taraba State Police Command Public Relations Officer, David Misal established fighting between the herdsmen and Tiv farmers in Bali Local Government but could not ascertain the level of casualties recorded.

Meanwhile, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity Sylvanus Giwa has debunked insinuations from some quotas that Taraba state Government is not proactive to the crises in the southern part of the state. He said committee has been set up to nib the crises in the bud assuring that those behind the crises would be brought to book.

Sylvanus Giwa maintained that Governor Darius Ishaku remained committed towards the development of the state and called on Tarabans to give him total support.

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