At least 15 persons have been feared dead while several others sustained various degrees of injuries after a violent clash erupted between farmers and cattle rearers in Ussa and Takum Council areas of Taraba.
The incident was confirmed by Alhaji Sahabi Mahmoud, the state Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Taraba and Mr David Misal (ASP), the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state Police Command.
However, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while Sahabi said at least 15 of his members have been killed and buried in Takum on Friday, Misal said that the police could only confirm five deaths as at the time of filing this report.
Speaking with NAN in Jalingo on Saturday, Sahabi expressed fear that more corpses of his members might be in the bush as more than 150 of them were still missing.
He claimed that hundreds of livestock belonging to the herdsmen were wandering in bush as their owners could not be traced.
He called on the security agencies and the state government to come to the aid of hundreds of other cattle breeders, who he said were trapped in the forests of Ussa and Takum to get out alive with their animals.
Meanwhile, the PPRO told NAN in Jalingo on Saturday that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Yakubu Babas has relocated to Takum to ensure that the crisis was brought under control.