A number of people have reportedly been killed after gunmen stormed
Wukari local government council in Taraba State and overpowered security
Local sources told this publication the unrest intensified on Tuesday.
The casualty figures have been put between 40 to 50 people following the
disturbances at the brewery depot located behind the palace of the Wukari
“After setting the brewery on fire, the unknown gunmen went ahead and
started shooting sporadically,” one of the residents said.
President of the Youths of Vision Wukari, Tsa-asen Luka Agbu, confirmed the
“At about five this morning, unknown men stormed the town and burnt down
the brewery behind the palace of Aku-uka.”
He added that unknown culprits began to shoot all over the town and the
situation sparked off the crisis which overpowered both the military and mobile
police that had been stationed in the town.
Agbu alleged some politicians in the state had a hand in the incessant crises in
the area.
“Our suspicious is that the Acting Governor (Alhaji Umar) is sponsoring
machineries to destabilize the area.”
He stressed that both the Christians and Muslims in the area had resolved to
co-exists, a decision which might not gone down well with authorities gaining
mileage on the crisis.
The member representing Wukari Two at the State House of Assembly, Daniel
Ishaya Gani, blamed the is insecurity on the insufficient security personnel on
State Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Joseph Kwaji, confirmed the incidents but
could not disclose casualty figures.
“The situation is under control and peace has been restored in the area,” he