Written by Itodo Daniel Sule, Jalingo


About 34 persons have been reported killed in a faceoff between Kuteb and Tiv ethnic groups in Takum local government area of Taraba state.
Trouble started following the killing of 13 people of Kuteb extraction by unknown gunmen along Takum/Katsina Ala and Takum/ Kashimbilla routes between Thursday and Friday last week.
Daily Trust learnt that the gunmen ambushed the people along the way and shot at them, killing some while others sustained injuries.
Following the incident, it was learnt that some Kuteb youths who suspected the Tiv as being the people behind the killing, reportedly went on reprisals in Tiv communities killing 21 people.
Following the development, the council chairman, Mr. Caleb Bitrus Babafi has imposed a 24 hour curfew in Takum town to restore order.
Confirming the killings, Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Joseph Kwaji said only nine people were killed in Takum following clash between Tiv and Kuteb.
Kwaji who said no arrest was made, however noted that relative peace had returned to the area as Police were on patrol of the town and its environs to prevent escalation of the crisis.
Meanwhile, a group known as Concerned Taraba Tiv Youth Frontier (CTTYF) has condemned “the senseless and barbaric killing of innocent people in Takum’ and its environs.”

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