Responding to reports of ethnic violence in several communities in Taraba State, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo condemned the killings on Wednesday, vowing to prosecute the perpetrators.
In a press statement released on Thursday, the acting president’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, said Mr. Osinbajo visited the affected communities on Wednesday and held an emergency meeting with security officials and Taraba State Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku.
He ordered the deployment of security personnel, including police officers, military soldiers, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officers, to the Taraba State communities to maintain peace and arrest perpetrators of violence.
Among the communities affected by the ethnic violence are Toffi, Mayo Daga, Mayo Sina, Tamiya, Kwara-Kwara, Tungan Lugere, Timjire, Nguroje, and other villages in the Mambilla Plateau area.
The acting president also ordered the provision of relief materials to the affected communities.
Fulani elders in Taraba State had on Wednesday condemned the recent spate of violence targeted at their tribe, saying it amounted to ethnic cleansing.