To stem the perennial violence between Hausa and Chobo ethnic nationalities, residents of Tingno, a rice producing community in Lamurde local government area of Adamawa have called on the federal government to site an army barracks in the area.
Making the call on behalf of the residents, a community leader, Alhaji Garba Dauda said the call has become imperative in view of the loss of lives and properties the people suffer perennially as a result of the frequency of violence between the two sides.
Dauda said no fewer than 15,000 bags of rice belonging to the Hausa community were stolen just as 36 people were killed and 36 houses razed down while over 50 people were wounded during the violent confrontation.
” We don’t have guns but at the slightest misunderstanding our people are usually rounded up by AK 47 wielding people and massacred in cold blood.
” This scenario usually happened whenever we started harvesting rice. We usually incur substantial loses due to theft and violence around this period. So we are appealing to the federal government to come to our rescue by sitting an army barracks so that we can live in peace and carry out our rice farming business,” he said.
Dauda also called on both the federal and state government to come to compensate them as the loses they incur was heavy adding no assistance came their way since the eruption of the crisis.
“We are grateful to governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who footed the medical bills of those who were wounded during the crisis.
” But apart from that, no assistance came our way from the state and federal governments to cushion the effect of the deadly attack and the loses we incur,” he said.
He accused the police of detaining his people for weeks without charging them to court, noting that despite the fact that their people were the ones who came under attack, about 30 members of his community were arrested and kept in police detention without being charged to court.
When contacted, the image maker of Adamawa State police command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje dismissed claims that police effected one sided arrest adding that the police can never be part of such crisis.
He added that investigation has soon commenced in connection with the arrests, adding that any anyone found guilty will be prosecuted while those that have no hand will be released.