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Military officer, 24 others killed in Taraba farmers-herders clash

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In a recent tragedy in Taraba State, Nigeria, a military officer and 24 other individuals were killed during a farmers-herders clash in the Ussa and Takum local government areas. The victims, identified as either Kuteb or Fulani, were caught in the crossfire of the ongoing conflict in the region.

According to Abdullahi Usman, the Police Public Relations Officer in Taraba State, the military officer was ambushed and killed while returning to the 93 Battalion Barrack from a checkpoint. Although nothing was stolen from him, his motorcycle was taken. No firearms were found on him during the ambush. Investigations have been launched to identify those responsible for the attack.

The ongoing conflict between the Kuteb farmers and the Fulani herdsmen in the area has resulted in 20 Kuteb indigenes and three Fulani herdsmen being killed in the latest incident. The major issue that is halting peace in the area is the claim by the Fulani herdsmen that their cattle are held hostage by the Kuteb farmers, a claim that is denied by the Kutebs.

The Commissioner of Police has called on the leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Ussa and the claimants to discuss and agree on a course of action to resolve the situation. The Commissioner has urged both parties to locate the alleged hostage areas for fact-finding and the release of the cattle for the return of peace in the area.

Emmanuel Ukwen, President of the Kuteb Yatgso Association of Nigeria, has criticized the government’s lack of support and relief for internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the conflict. However, the state government denies these claims and has stated that they provided shelter and relief materials to the IDPs.

The conflict between farmers and herders in Nigeria has been an ongoing issue, leading to numerous deaths and displacements. It is crucial that both parties come together to find a peaceful resolution and avoid further loss of life.

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