Posted: Thursday 3rd July 2014 at 8:48 am

WHY 40-Year-Old Man Was Butchered To Pieces In Taraba

A middle-aged Tiv man was butchered into pieces yesterday, July 2, at Bantaji in Wukari local government area of Taraba State, following a disagreement between him and a Fulani man.

According to Leadership report, the deceased said to be in his forties had a minor disagreement with a Fulani man, which resulted a fight that left him in pieces in Wukari market.

His death was said to have caused a battle between the Tiv and Fulani factions in the area.

The two clashing factions moved the fight from the market to the major high way, the popular Jalingo-Wukari road, where they engaged each in a free for all fight.

Motorists and all who were plying that route had to stop several kilometres away from Bantaji, the urban centre of the city.

The crisis was however brought under control by the combined effort of both the military and the police.

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Normalcy has since returned to the area.

Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Taraba State police command, Joseph Kwaji, called on residents to go about their normal activities, adding that the police was on top of the situation.

Taraba has been plagued with socio-ethnic and ethno-religious clashes for years. It is believed that the Fulani herdsmen, who have often been accused of being a part of Boko Haram sect are behind most of the attacks.

On Saturday, June 28, 13 Fulani herdsmen were killed by unknown gunmen in Taraba.

Also in June, a renewed ethno-religious violence in Taraba left many people injured and scores feared killed.

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