Adamawa Violence: How councillor was killed in Lunguda/Waja communal clash

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Lunguda/Waja
A councillor representing Guyuk ward, in Guyuk LGA, Hon Saliyo Oliver Barka

A councillor representing Guyuk ward, in Guyuk local government of Adamawa State, Hon Saliyo Oliver Barka has been killed during one of the ethnic skirmishes between Lunguda and Waja ethnic nationalities.

Our source said the incident took place at Lafiya in Guyuk, Wednesday last week, when Lunguda ethnic stock launched a reprisal attack to avenge a previous attack on them by the Waja tribe.

The two ethnic nationalities have been embroiled in a protracted dispute involving farmlands spanning decades.

Following the escalation of tensions and killings between the two sides, the state government had imposed a dusk to dawn curfew last week Thursday.

Since the renewed clashes, the two warring groups have been launching blames and counter blames on who is responsible for the renewed onslaught.

But a resident of the area, Bitrus Maidawa said frayed nerves have calmed down with the administration of the another round of dusk to dawn curfew in the areas.

Efforts to contact the police before going to press proved futile as the GSM no of the police image maker, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje proved abortive as his phone number was beyond reach while message sent to the number was not responded to as at the time of going to press.

Speaking to our reporter on phone, the chairman of Guyuk Local Government, Barr. K.D Shallom confirmed the death of the councillor saying that the late councillor who was a renowned hunter, died while trying to defend the community from attack by the adversaries adding that only the councillor lost his life to the attack.

The chairman thanked governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for ensuring timely intervention to nip the crisis in the bud noting that the gesture has brought stability in the area.

“I can assure you with the intervention of the governor and the new curfew imposed, normalcy has returned to the area. There is absolute peace now,” he said.

Shallom noted that he and the Lunguda chief, HRM, Dishon Dansanda II have been collaborating with other stakeholders to end the protracted conflict noting that “The Lunguda and Waja ethnic nationalities have been cohabiting for a long time even having inter-ethnic marital relationships.

“We are on our toes to resolve the conflict once and for all.”

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