Speaker of Taraba House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Joseph Albasu Kunini, has condemned in strong terms the wanton destruction of lives and property by Jole militia at Shomoh Sarki village, Lau local government area, recently.
The Jole militia, believed to be backed by some mercenaries, stormed the sleepy Shomoh Sarki village in the early hours of Easter Sunday, shooting rapidly, killing and maiming the villagers as some drowned after jumping into River Benue.
At the last count, 18 people confirmed dead, 10 others sustained various degrees of injury from gunshots, while the entire village and property worth millions of Naira destroyed by the rampaging Jole militia and the mercenaries.
The two warring parties (Shomoh and Jole) have been at warpath since 2016 over the ownership of Lake Marmi located within the vicinity of their villages, prompting the State government to takeover the ownership of the lake, but all to no avail.
Reacting to the ugly incident, the Speaker who is also the member representing Lau state constituency at Taraba State House of Assembly described it as “a dastardly and bestial act, especially at piece time.”
He lamented that despite series of peace and reconciliation meeting, jointly organized by the state government and Lau local government council in collaboration with BAKULA CHIEFDOM, the Jole militia still went ahead to carry out the heinous crime.
The Speaker wondered why the warring parties, especially the Jole, refused to heed to the clarion call by Governor Darius Dickson ISHAKU that people should give him peace so that he would give them development.
Also, the Executive Chairman of Lau local government council, Hon Daniel Zading, lamented the Easter Sunday destruction of lives and property, describing it as a major setback in the quest for lasting peace and peaceful coexistence in the area.
On his part, Kuh (Chief) of Bakula CHIEFDOM, Tahiru Nyawoh, Jah I, called for calm, just as he appealed to his subjects to coexist peacefully.