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10 p...eople were also critically injured in the violence. The injured were taken to Jankwano ECWA Church Hospital, Jos and Kaura General Hospital for treatment, Badu added.
Badu also said that no fewer than 500 people from the four affected communities have become refugees and are camped in two places, Fadan Atakar, and Zangan.
Confirming the development, the Public Relations Officer of Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mallam Abubakar Adamu, said as at Friday, the number of refugees at the two camps was 500, but the number was bound to rise.
The Kaduna State Police spokesman, Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, Aminu Lawan also confirmed the development, but said he had not been briefed on the casualty figure by the Area Commander in charge of the affected area.
Badu who spoke to newsmen from one of the camps at Model Primary School, Fadan Atakar, said it was the first time Atakar ever came under Fulani attack.
“There was a young man, Aboi Stephen (21), in Mafan who had been complaining that some cattle have been grazing in his dry season farm. I was told that the cattle destroyed a good portion of the farm, and that there was no end in sight to the destruction. Only the Fulanis own cattle there,” Badu narrated what led to the clash.
“About two weeks ago, two Fulani cows were found dead, apparently of poison. The owner of the cows was said to have publicly warned Aboi of the grave consequences of his action. I don’t know if it was Aboi that poisoned the cows, or even if they died of poisoning.
“Then one day, Aboi was found missing. After a search by the villages they found his corpse which had deep machete cuts and his throat was slit open.
“Upon that discovery, women and children mobilised to the palace of the chief of Atakar, Chief Tobias Nkom-Wada accusing him of inviting the Fulani into Atakar land in the first place. They vandalised the palace and the chief is now living in his personal house in Tachire.
“On seeing what the women and children did, the Fulanis started moving out en mass to their kin in Kanawuri areas of Plateau State, which also has some Atakar speaking villages.
“On their way, they shot a young man that same day in Kanawuri area. That pitched them against the Atakar in Plateau State and they fought for days. The fighting led to the burning of some Atakar villages.
“The affected ones had to move to this Local Government, where we open the first refugee camp for them at Mifi. But, we have merged it with the other two, because it was too vulnerable.
“When the Army moved in last week, the Fulanis left Kanawuri in Plateau, state back to this place with their arms.
“Last Saturday by 3p.m., they attacked Mafan, Zalang, Taliki and Zangkan villages up those hills, while able bodied men had gone to the farms or the market. They went on unchallenged from 3pm on Saturday, till Sunday morning.
“When the Army arrived the scene on Sunday morning the Officer in charge told me that they counted 19 bodies. All the Houses in the villages have been burnt.
Late Chief Kingsley Wobo’s wife, Charity, who allegedly poisoned and tortured him to death in Mboshimini Community, Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State has been arrested by the police.
The 36-year-old suspect was reportedly arrested with one of her brothers, alleged to be an accomplice in the murder of Chief Wobo.
According to sources at the state Criminal Investigation Department, CID, the suspect did not act alone, as there were other suspects who assisted her in killing her husband.
Apart from this, family sources also confirmed that the relation of the woman was arrested when he visited his sister in the police station.
“Her brother had gone to see the sister (Mrs. Wobo) in police custody when the daughter of the deceased who had noticed his face the night her father was killed ordered the police to arrest him. After his arrest, the police later recovered the late Wobo’s three telephone sets from him,’’ the family sources also said.
According to the source, there were reasons to believe that Chief Wobo’s death was premeditated as he was poisoned before being tortured and stabbed severally.
However, an elder brother of the deceased who identified himself as Mr. Wobo, said the family was awaiting an autopsy on the deceased as well as police investigation reports and would not jump into conclusion.
Chief Kingsley Wobo, a notable contractor in Port Harcourt, was reportedly stabbed to death after being poisoned about three weeks ago at his Mboshimini residence, with accusing fingers being pointed at the direction of his wife following alleged differences relating to late Wobo’s plans to take a second wife.