Crisis: Fulani Reject Peace Moves, Recruit Militia For Revenge Attacks In Taraba

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Fulani groups in Taraba State have allegedly commenced massive recruitment of armed militias in an effort for reprisal attack.

The Fulani groups rejected all efforts to make peace between them and the Mambilla people in Sarduana Local Government Area.

Following the crisis in the area, it was learnt that while the Mambilla leaders have continued to meet to find ways of resolving the crisis, the Fulani have stopped attending the peace meetings.

The source, who wished not to be named said, “This is the third time they are rejecting all attempts to sit with them at a peace meeting.

“If they are invited, they would say they are waiting for Miyetti Allah to tell them what to do. It means they don’t take any directives from the state government, but only from Miyetti Allah.

“And this is also after the governor (Darius Ishaku) had sat with all of them recently to fashion ways for peace. They agreed only Fulani to pull out.”

The source disclosed that the state government had been alerted of the alleged ongoing recruitment.

“There are only two percent Fulani on the Mambilla Plateau. They know they are outmatched but now they have to go recruit from outside. They went to one state in the North East to pick militias.

“They would also get reinforcements from Chad and Cameroon,” the source alleged.

Recall that the State Governor, Darius Ishaku had recently said he had intelligence reports of such attacks and had reported to the appropriate quarters.

Efforts to get the clarification from the State Police Command yielded no result as the spokesperson of the Command, Kwaji Joseph could not be reached on his mobiles. A text message sent to him was yet to be replied.

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