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Taraba: 8 Die, 40 Injured in Wukari Religious Riot

From Mathew Onah in Yola, 07.14.2010

At least eight persons have been confirmed dead and over 40 others lying critically ill in various hospitals in Wukari, Taraba State,  following a religious riot which broke out in the early hours of yesterday.

The riot led to the disruption of traffic along the busy Jalingo-Katsina Ala road linking the South-eastern part of the country with the North-east.

The crisis   was said to have been ignited as a result of the siting  of a mosque at the divisional police headquarters located in the local government council  area headquarters complex.

Piqued by the development, some Christian youths , according to the police commissioner, Aliyu Musa,  who confirmed  the story to journalists,  embarked on the demolition of the   mosque and this  led to  a reprisal action by other moslems, leading to  massive destruction of lives and properties.

Eye witness told  THISDAY  that the entire streets of Wukari have been deserted  as a result of the violence and the people have began to seek  refuge in the neighbouring towns and villages.

“As I am talking to you now, the town is on fire. All schools and shops have been closed and most of our people have begun to move out of the town for safety, ” THISDAY was told.

About five mosques and three  churches,   as at the time of filing in this report, were  said to have been set ablaze by the youths, believed to be  armed to the teeth,  chanting war songs.

Fears are being expressed over the safety of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members presently camping in Wukari  Local Government Council of the state for the three weeks orientation .

Meanwhile,   the Taraba State  Police Command, has mobilised about  three trucks of mobile policemen fully armed  to the trouble zone which is about 220 kilometers from the state capital

Confirming the development, the State Police Commissioner  said  “as you have just seen, about a unit of mobile and general duty policemen are now on their way to Wukari.

“I am sending these mobile men there to increase the strength of the ones on ground so as to  bring the situation under control.”

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This county is way too big to manage.

Just divide it from North to South so we can manage our own problems. Naija is a failed state.

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Abeg oh. These people should not spoil my lovely Wukari oooh. Haba! Can't we just grow past all these religious animosity.

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Either side of the divide the same problem of kidnapping & Armed Robbery in the south and entho - religious crisis in the north will not vanish.

Thats a fact that is hard to believe. is like the norther christiain seem understand violence way.

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I don't know why we can't just divide the motherforker!

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Religious and ethnic riots in the north, kidnapping and armed robbery in the south.lol Naija is finished; gone to the dogs.

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Why take the laws into your own hands? Looks like muslims are not always the aggressors in the recurrent religious upheavels in northern nigeria

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