The crisis on the Mambila plateau in Taraba State escalated yesterday as scores of people were feared killed while many houses were torched in Yelwa and Mesamari villages in the Sardauna Local Government Area of the state.

Though eyewitnesses claimed that over 40 people were killed in the attack which allegedly started on Saturday night, police authorities in the state said they could not give the casualty figure.

Correspondents report that violence returned to the Mambila Plateau last Thursday following dispute over land.

Police had earlier confirmed five people killed in the Thursday attack which occurred as a result of a clash between the Fulani and Mambila people.

The President of the Mambila Progressive Cultural Association, Mr. Marcus Bovoa, who also confirmed the attack, told newsmen that many houses in Tungwa and Yelwa communities were completely razed.


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