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Communal clash renders hundreds homeless in Adamawa


Communal clash renders hundreds homeless in Adamawa

Eight people were hurt in a communal clash in Adamawa State, and hundreds of people were left homeless.

One of the clashing communities has appealed to the governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, to interfere and take necessary action on the incident.

In order to prevent an escalation of the conflict, representatives of the Dingle Uboh Clan of Mayah Community of Demsa Local Government Area spoke to reporters yesterday in Yola, the state capital.

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They urged the government to take immediate action to stop what they described as an ongoing conflict.

Chindo Hebron, a spokesman for the Dingle Uboh Clan, revealed during the briefing that due to a dispute over a sizable plot of land, they were confronted by members of the Wanela Wagowang Clan, their neighbors, who inflicted them with potentially fatal injuries.

He said eight of such injured people had to be taken to the Numan General Hospital where they are being treated, and that “As I am speaking to you, hundreds of our women, children and the aged are homeless in their fatherland.”

Giving a historical account of the crisis, Chindo Hebron said: “It is a documented fact that large farmland situated in the Dingle community has been under the control of our family for decades before the Wanela Wagowang Clan arrived the community.

“But as the years go by and following what appears to be permanent residency by these people in Dingle and their incorporation into the community which granted them privileges to some farmlands, they (Wanela Wagowang Clan) claimed ownership of many farmlands, including the land at the centre of the current conflict.”

He added that the annexation of the said land which started “like play in 2019” is what snowballed into a bloody clash last week during which many Dingle youths were gravely beaten up and some shot to near death, leading to the admission of eight among them for medical attention.

Hebron said that after his people had tried in vain to sort out the conflict through the law Court and through their paramount ruler, the Hama Bata, they now look to Governor Fintiri for succor.

He said that as peace-loving people, they are compelled to seek the intervention of Governor Fintiri to constitute a panel to investigate the conflict and penalize anyone found guilty.

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