Report of a fresh violence has on Sunday, November 8, erupted in Wukari local government area of Taraba state over the removal of Dairus Ishaku and declaration of Aisha Alhassan as the governor of the state
It was gathered that at least seven people were killed and 16 others injured in a fresh violence that broke out barely 24 hours after the state election petition tribunal sacked the governor, Darius Ishaku.
According to a source, trouble started when residents of Wukari reacted angrily to the tribunal verdict.
“When the sad news got to the town, supporters of both parties suddenly started killing themselves,” the source disclosed, adding that property worth millions of Naira was also destroyed.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, further revealed that the crisis has now turned into a Christians versus Muslims fight.
“The crisis, as we are talking, has turned into religious fight. The Christians are alleging that the tribunal chairman, who ordered the removal of Governor Ishaku was biased,” he said.
Confirming the crisis, spokesman of the Taraba State Police Command, DSP Joseph Kwaji, said that he was yet to ascertain the actual figure of casualties.
Reacting to the development, the senior special adviser on media and publicity to Governor Ishaku, Mr. Slyvanus Giwa, said soldiers had been drafted to the area to control the situation.
“Normalcy is gradually returning to the ancient city of Wukari and government is doing its best to ensure that people go about their normal businesses,” he said.