According to reports, the ongoing conflict between Kuteb farmers and herders in the state has already claimed the lives of a military and 24 locals from Taraba States’ Ussa and Takum local government regions.
According to Abdullahi Usman, the police public relations officer in Taraba State, this is the case.
The military officer, according to him, was ambushed and murdered, while the other 24 people are either of Kuteb or Fulani descent.
Usman said, “The military officer from the checkpoint who was returning to 93 Battalion Barrack was ambushed and killed, however nothing was taken from him, his motorcycle and fortunately he had no rifle on him.
“He was killed by unidentified people, and an investigation has been opened to find out who was responsible. According to statistics, the crisis resulted in the deaths of 20 natives of Kuteb, as well as three Fulani herdsmen, who also paid the ultimate price.
He stated that at the time, the main issue impeding the restoration of peace is the Fulani herdsmen’s assertion that the Kuteb farmers are holding their cattle hostage and the denial coming from the other side.
Our current issue is that the Fulani say that their cattle have been stolen and are being kept prisoner in the Kuteb farmers’ areas, while the Kutebs are afraid to travel to the farm for fear of being attacked by the Fulani herdsmen.
The police spokesman continued, “The commissioner of police has called on the head of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in the United States and the claimants to discuss, agree, and travel to the location where they claimed that their cattle were being held hostage for fact-finding and release of same for peace to reign.
All efforts to contact the state chairman of MACBAN were unsuccessful.
An agreement on a 14-point resolution was reached and signed late last year, according to Emmanuel Ukwen, president of the Kuteb Yatgso Association of Nigeria, an umbrella organization for the nation’s Kuteb-speaking tribe.
According to Ukwen, the state government failed to give the cash required to put the agreements in place, which encouraged opponents of progress to relaunch their attacks.
What perplexes us is that after a herdsmen-mediated ceasefire, there was a bandit invasion.
Who invited or employed the robbers? We want the state government to look into it and report its findings. It should be emphasized that hundreds of unarmed civilians have currently been murdered by bandits in Takum, Ussa, and Yangtu Special Development Area, and that thousands of people have also been uprooted from their original homes.
As the head of his people, he claimed that he has never witnessed the state government visit, sympathize with, or provide the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps and relief supplies. The state government denied this, claiming that it has provided both the shelter they are currently residing in and a quantity of relief supplies.