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Lunguda/Waja unrest: Adamawa IDPs accuse deputy gov of taking sides

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A move to broker peace between the two warring Waja and Lunguda ethnic nationalities by governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has ended up in serious embarrassment as an irate crowd of nearly 3,000 IDPs booed deputy governor Crowther Seth, a son of the area and accused him of taking sides in the raging conflict that has claimed about 26 lives last week alone.

While pacifying the IDPs at Guyuk central primary school, the governor urged them to embrace the path of peace in resolving any difference, and promised to constitute a panel of enquiry to unravel the mystery behind the unending conflict.

He also told the IDPs that he will conscript the deputy governor in the committee being a son of the soil.

Reports indicated that immediately the governor mentioned the name of the deputy, the crowd went into a frenzy and instantly rejected his inclusion.

An eyewitness told our reporter that the IDPs did not mince words in telling the governor that one of the governor’s hence men and political man Friday is profiting from the intractable crisis.

The witness revealed that the IDPs also displayed placards of different inscriptions like, “the deputy governor is harboring a criminal, Halilu S.Y, a war monger.

According to the eyewitness, the IDPs urged the governor in the spirit of peace not to include the deputy in the panel noting that: “we need justice and peace, If you allow that man justice will be denied.”

According to the source, the IDPs further alleged that Halilu, a close associate of the deputy governor, thrives on violent crimes, including cattle rustling and war mongering.

The governor, who was apparently miffed by the development promised the irate crowd that he will deal with all those who have a hand in the communal clash no matter their status in the society.

Efforts to speak with the media aide to the deputy governor, George Kushi was futile as his number was switched off.

Also an SMS forwarded to Kushi was not responded to as at the time of going to press.

But the press secretary to governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Humwashi Wonosikou in a phone conversation with journalists deny such development adding that “nothing like that happened.”

He said the speculation was a calculated mischief to cause unnecessary tension in the state.

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