July 16, 2024

Taraba Sallah killings: Police, community differ over number of casualties

The Taraba State Command of the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, has confirmed a clash between farmers and herders in Bali Local Government Area of the state.

What is however not certain is the number of casualties that was recorded as the community and the police have continued to reveal different figures.

The clash which occured on Sunday, DAILY POST learnt, took place in Mararaba Azagwa, Maihula town.

While the Police are claiming that only two people were killed, the community said more than six persons lost their lives.

Though both sides agreed that a lot of persons escaped with various degrees of injuries, their failure to arrive at the exact number of casualties, at the time of filing this report, is igniting palpable tension in the community and the LGA at large.

Speaking with our correspondent, the acting spokesperson of the Police Command, Gambo Kwache, said only two persons were killed in the clash.

She added that the injured are presently receiving treatment at the Ball General Hospital.

However, the community, which accused the Police of being economical with the truth, said six persons were killed, including a 92 years old man.

Describing the Sallah celebration as bloody, members of the community urged the government to wade in by deploying more security operatives to the area.

Also speaking, the traditional ruler of the Tiv ethnic group in Bali council, Zaki David Gbaa, said while six persons were killed in the clash, four others are currently in critical condition at Bali General Hospital.

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