Muslims in Adamawa State have expressed serious reservations over skewed arrest of suspected culprits behind the recent ethnic skirmishes in Tingno, a rice producing community in Lamurde local government area of Adamawa State.
Scores feared killed in Adamawa renewed communal clash
About 15 people are feared to have been killed and properties worth millions of naira burnt down, after a heavy gun fight broke out in Tingno, a suburb of Lamurde local government of Adamawa state.
The fight reportedly started on Thursday night between the Chobok locals and the Hausa community in the area.
Sources privy to the violence said the fight broke out when some people made attempt to slaughter a pig at a local abbatior, which degenerated into a bloody mayhem.
Although no official source has yet confirmed the number of casualties, reliable sources said lives and properties have been destroyed during the mayhem.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations officers, (PPRO) Adamawa State Police Command, Suleiman Nguroje said, “The state Commissioner of Police has directed the Squadron Mobile Commander and the area Commander Numan Division, to proceed with all DPOs within that area and all other operational commanders.
“Later on governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri mobilised all the service chiefs and all of us to visit the area.
“When we arrived, we met our people already in the town, and gun shots were still ongoing.
“With the military and police on ground, most of them were pushed back into the mountains and the town was returned to nomalcy.
“Heavy reinforcement have been made including military, members of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Counter Terrorism Squad and Investigation Department, so as to get to the immediate and remote cause of the conflict and they have been commanded to remain there till further notice and the men of the CID are to conduct a thorough investigation on the issue.
“And they have also been instructed to go round and ascertain whether there are casualties.”
He added that, “We have so far evacuated about thirty two persons, largely women and children have been moved to an IDP camp in Lafiya and one other person has been handed over to the men of the Red Cross Society for medical attention after sustaining machete cuts in the conflict.
“The governor has also instructed the Chairman of Lamurde local government to ensure the up keep of the people at the camp.”