Herdsmen have restricted us from our villages –Taraba residents

Some Kona community residents in Jalingo and Ardo-Kola local government areas in Taraba State on Thursday claimed that despite security deployment in their villages they were unable to access their homes.

Some of the residents who spoke to our correspondent, including Mr Danlami Kwambo, Musa Notari and Augustina Yatai, said that although some of the communities had been drafted by soldiers, the people were still afraid of returning home.

This, they claimed, was because the presumed Fulani herdsmen still killed the people.

They claimed that most of the hinterland societies were without security staff and were taken over by herdsmen.

“I would like to suggest that the government should take to a roundtable the stakeholders of both herdsmen and our community leaders so they can have a dialog on how to end the killings.

“We want to go back to our homes, but on our farms in the remote areas the herders are weeding so we’re scared to return.

“Soldiers were deployed in the outskirts of Jalingo, Janibanibu, but the rest of the villages are still no go areas. My maize and melon farms have been demolished by cattle on more than 10 hectares of soil and so it’s with other people.I want to call on the government to end the crisis at all levels, “said Kwambo.

Kona’s chief, Kuru Augustine Njanmeng, was claimed that herdsmen have taken over 17 Kona villages that they sacked in May and June.
In his address to some reporters, Njanmeng said that herdsmen grazed comfortably on displaced people’s farms and killed anyone who tried to enter the sacked villages.

The monarch urged the government and the international community to intervene in the crisis in order to restore the displaced to their ancestral homes.

But DSP David Misal, the State Police Command, through the Police Public Relations Officer, said the allegations were untrue as the command had drafted patrol teams for the affected villages.

Misal, who said the police were unaware of the herdsmen’s occupation of communities in the area, called on the monarch to file a formal complaint with the police commissioner’s office if he had any.

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