The Chairman of Yorro Local Government Area in Taraba State, Hon. Joseph Sonweri on Thursday confirmed that six people had been killed in a clash between herders and farmers in the area.
Sonweri said the cause of the crisis was still not clear, but added that security agencies were on the trail of the boy allegedly said to have caused the clash.
“I can’t tell you exactly what happened now, because we are still trailing the boy that was said to have led the attack. He is on the run and members of his family have deserted their houses.
“We spoke to him early in the morning but his line is off now so we are trailing him. Until we get him or any of his accomplice, we cannot know exactly what happened,” he said.
He however said the situation in the area was calm as security had been deployed to maintain peace.
On his part, the Chief of Yorro, Ado Adamu Mazan who condemned the killings in a telephone interview told our correspondent that they had forwarded their complaints to the Commissioner of Police for necessary actions.
“It was just a little misunderstanding between herdsmen and farmers in one of the villages. We were told that some Fulani herders strayed into a farm belonging to a native.This led to the clash.
“We have since forwarded our complaints to the Commissioner of Police in Jalingo who responded promptly by sending security personnels to the area.” he said.
The traditional ruler called on the people of the area to tolerate one another in the interest of peace and development.