Taraba speaker decries incessant killings




Speaker, Taraba state House of Assembly, Hon. Joseph Albasu Kunini on Thursday decried the incessant attacks and killings going on in Lau local government area of the state.

Kunini, who made the statement in Jalingo, while reacting to  attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen, said two brothers were killed and three persons injured in Bujum Waya in Lau local government area of  the state.

 Blueprint reports that the attack took place barely few hours after a peace and reconciliation meeting between the Yandang community and their Fulani counterpart held at Taraba state Police Command Headquarters in Jalingo, Taraba state capital.

The speaker as well as member representing Lau state constituency described the attack as barbaric and condemnable by any right thinking person.

Kunini, after commiserating with those injured, described the attack as uncalled for, considering the fact that the peace and reconciliation meeting between the two neighbouring communities took place the previous day.

According to him, my attention was drawn to the fact that there was a peace meeting that was held at the Police Command Headquarters between the Yandang community, under the leadership of His Royal Highness, Kpanh Sanwi, and the Chief of Lau who represented the Fulani.

“We thought that by the virtue of that meeting, peace would have returned to Lau local government area; but at the wake of today, this morning, my attention was equally drawn that a particular village, precisely Bujum Waya, was attacked

“And the innocent citizens were just lying down waiting for what God would do for them and unknown gunmen attacked them.

 “A woman lost two of her children and she was matcheted almost at the verge of death.

“Two other persons were seriously injured. I am here to see things by myself.  I think this action is barbaric and any right thinking human being will condemn it.

“I find it difficult to believe if they are truly our brother’s keeper; there is now way you called for peace accord and a particular community involved in the peace process is attacked the next day,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) David Misal has confirmed the incident at Bujum Waya, saying “The CIB has taken over the matter and has commenced investigation.”

“We are awaiting the outcome of the investigation to know those behind the attack,” he explained.

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