Nigeria Deploys Police To Quell Communal Clashes

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's northern Taraba State government has sent police reinforcement to Sardauna local government area where several people have been killed in a resurgence of communal clashes in the past few days, the local media reported Tuesday.
Policemen from the state capital, Jalingo, were deployed to quell the fighting between the indigenes of Mambila Plateau and Fulani herdsmen regarded as "settlers" by the indigenes.
The latest clashes, which broke out on 31 December 2001 at Tonga Maina village, have forced many of the herdsmen in the area to seek refuge in neighbouring Cameroon.
The fertile Mambila plateau is close to Nigeria's border with Cameroon.
Fighting has also been reported in other neighbouring villages such as Mayo-daga, Gembu and Lema.
Though state and police authorities have not given any figure of those killed in the clashes, the local media reported the toll was between 38 and 50.

08 january 2002 12:16:00

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