• News - North East - Taraba
  • Updated: May 13, 2023

Violence Erupts In Taraba Community Over Chieftaincy Appointment

Violence has erupted in the Karim-Lamido community of Karim-Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State over chieftaincy appointment.

According to sources, the violence erupted following the appointment of a new monarch from the Wurkum ethnic group in the LGA.

The appointment led to protests by the Karimjo ethnic group who were against the appointment.

The new monarch met the protest following his return from Jalingo, the state's capital, where he received the staff of office from governor Darius Ishaku alongside other nine new appointees.

Daily Trust reports that the violence left many people injured while several houses and shops were burnt. 

Following the passing-on of his father, the new Monarch had ascended to the throne of the chiefdom after over 40 years of his father's reign. 

Meanwhile, the Karimjo ethnic group has laid claim to Karim-Lamido town and called for the establishment of the Karimjo chiefdom in the same town.

The situation has resulted in a mass exodus of hundreds of individuals, including women and children, seeking refuge in neighboring villages and towns.

The State's Police Command through its spokesperson, SP Usman Abdullahi, said the command has deployed its men to calm the situation.

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