30 Killed in Adamawa Communal Clash

At least 30 persons have been reported killed as a result of ethno-religious clash between two farming communities of Lafiya and Mamsirmi in Adamawa State.

The crises, which has been going on since Tuesday last week between both communities in Lamurde Local Government Area, later spread to Boshikiri, a neighbouring community in Guyuk (LGA) of the state.

Channels reports that 15 persons were killed from the Muslim community while their Christian counterpart lost 16 people.

Some of the locals were worried about reprisal despite what they had lost to the crisis, as scores of people had fled the community.

The crisis escalated to a neighbouring town. Image: Channels

Women and children in the community have been evacuated to safer places while those seen are men and youths, as well as police personnel deployed to prevent further escalation of the conflict.

Meanwhile, officials of the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) were seen evacuating some injured victims to the hospital.

The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Aminu Suleiman, disclosed that the state government has made provision for relief materials to be distributed to the victims.

Confirming the incident, the State Police Command, through its spokesperson, Mr Abubakar Othman, said the Commissioner of Police had deployed personnel to bring the situation under control and restore normalcy to the communities.

He had also appealed to the warring parties to sheath their swords and live in harmony with one another, saying measures were being put in place to prevent a reoccurrence of such incident.

The Adamawa crisis comes in the wake of a breakdown of law and order in the Kasuwan Maganin area of Kaduna State which led to the imposition of curfew in the capital and environs.


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