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Scores killed as gunmen swarm Taraba State

Published by Daily Times on Wed, 03 Sep 2014


A number of people have reportedly been killed after gunmen stormedWukari local government council in Taraba State and overpowered securityforces.Local sources told this publication the unrest intensified on Tuesday.The casualty figures have been put between 40 to 50 people following thedisturbances at the brewery depot located behind the palace of the Wukarimonarch.After setting the brewery on fire, the unknown gunmen went ahead andstarted shooting sporadically, one of the residents said.President of the Youths of Vision Wukari, Tsa-asen Luka Agbu, confirmed thecrisis.At about five this morning, unknown men stormed the town and burnt downthe brewery behind the palace of Aku-uka.He added that unknown culprits began to shoot all over the town and thesituation sparked off the crisis which overpowered both the military and mobilepolice that had been stationed in the town.Agbu alleged some politicians in the state had a hand in the incessant crises inthe area.Our suspicious is that the Acting Governor (Alhaji Umar) is sponsoringmachineries to destabilize the area.He stressed that both the Christians and Muslims in the area had resolved toco-exists, a decision which might not gone down well with authorities gainingmileage on the crisis.The member representing Wukari Two at the State House of Assembly, DanielIshaya Gani, blamed the is insecurity on the insufficient security personnel onground.State Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Joseph Kwaji, confirmed the incidents butcould not disclose casualty figures.The situation is under control and peace has been restored in the area, hesaid.
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