Mambila crisis: Osinbajo summons Taraba governor




Of course the crisis erupted; it shouldn’t have erupted to that level

the message went viral so we were left with the option of fi re fighting

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has summoned Governor Darius Isiaku of Taraba state over the latest crisis in Nguroje village and other parts of the Mambilla Plateau resulting in the loss of lives and properties. Th e Fulani communities in Sardauna local government area of the state had a couple of days ago called on the Acting President to intervene in what they described as genocide against them. Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, the governor said relative peace and normal have returned to the crisis area. “We are trying to consolidate on the peace.

We are trying to reconcile people, we have sent so many emissaries up there for peace initiatives and so far so good, the place has calmed down, there is security everywhere, they are doing their best and we are happy with them. We are trying as much as possible to put the past behind us while we look into the details later on when the place is fully calm,” he said. On why the crisis erupted in the area, the governor told journalists that the crisis should not have happened in the fi rst place. “Of course the crisis erupted; it shouldn’t have erupted to that level. One of the local Chiefs was taken to a particular location but rumour went round that the opposite camp kidnapped him to be murdered so they now went on rampage. “Th at is simply the truth of the matter and we had to make sure that he was back the following day but then, the damage had been done. In this modern age, with various means of communication like telephone, facebook and many more, the message went viral so we were left with the option of fi re fi ghting and largely we succeeded but of course we had to bear the pains of the losses incurred, which comprised lives, buildings and cows,” he said.

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