Taraba state governor Darius Ishaku has condemned the latest crisis on the Mambilla plateau in Sardauna local government area of the state. In an interview with Sunday Sun, the Senior Special Assistant, Media to the governor Mr Bala Dan Abu said that the crisis was not only unfortunate and unacceptable but totally uncalled for. Abu said that the Plateau was a treasure not just to the state but the nation at large and an envy of the international community and called on the people to heed the governor’s advice and allow peace a chance for the ongoing development of the area to take its full course.
“The crisis is so unfortunate, unacceptable and uncalled for. It is an unnecessary waste of lives and property and it will only stall the ongoing development of the area. “Mambilla is a national treasure and an envy of the international community. All that is needed now is for the people there to allow peace a chance so that ongoing projects there can continue and more investment would be attracted to the area. But you don’t achieve all that with the people continuously taking arms against one another. We need peace there”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Taraba state police command on Saturday expressed fear that the death toll in recent attacks on villages on the Mambilla Plateau in Sardauna local government area may rise even as normalcy returns to the troubled areas. The Command’s Public Relations Officer ASP David Misal disclosed this in an exclusive interview with our correspondent in Jalingo. Misal, who confirmed that four persons lost their lives in the Thursday night clash between the Fulani and native Mambillas in Inyiwa village, said a similar attack occurred in the late hours of Friday at Yerimaru village, where there are indications of casualty which the command was still investigating.
“I can confirm to you that there was fights between the Fulani and Mambilla in Inyiwa and Yerimaru villages around Kakara, on the Mambilla plateau. So far, four persons have been confirmed dead from Inyiwa village but because of the remote nature of the area, we are still trying to figure out the exact number of casualties at Yerimaru village. “Our men are already on ground there but since network is a challenge there, they can not reach us with the exact figures until they come out from the area to places where they can access network.