March 21, 2018
Fulani groups in Taraba state have allegedly rebuffed all effort to make peace between them and the Mambilla people. KR learnt that while the Mambilla leaders have continued to meet to find ways of resolving crisis, the Fulani have stopped attending any peace meetings.
The highly placed source told KR that credible security reports indicate that a massive recruitment is ongoing as Fulani are busy getting prepared for a reprisal attack. He said, “this is the third time they are rejecting all attempts to sit with them at a peace meeting. If they are invited they would say they are waiting for Miyetti Allah to tell them what to do.
It means they don’t take any directives from the state government only Miyetti Allah. And this is also after the governor (Darius Ishaku) had sat with all of them recently to fashion ways for peace. They agreed only Fulani to pull out.”
The source said the Taraba state government has been sufficiently alerted of the recruitment going all. He said, “there are only two percent Fulani on the Mambilla. They know they are outmatched but now they have to go recruit from outside. They went to one state in the North East to pick militias. They would also get reinforcements from Chad and Cameroon.”
It is not clear to KR if the nation’s security agents are aware of all the reprisal attacks plans. Governor Ishaku recently said he has intelligence reports of such attacks and has reported to the appropriate quarters.
For now Taraba is calm. Many citizens are however apprehensive, wondering if this is the calm before the storms.