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There is tension in Takum town in Taraba state following the death of Yakubu Njira a former educational secretary in the local government by unknown gunmen in the early hours of Saturday.
Takum is the home town of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and Retd. Gen. TY Danjuma.
Local residents said Tiv houses around Kasuan Haske and Tortsee near Takum have been burnt by irate Jukun youths in response to the killing of their kinsman.
Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, Shiban Tikari told our correspondent in a telephone interview that Njira was killed on his farm by people suspected to be Tiv.
Shiban said the farm land where late Njira was killed has been in a dispute for sometime which attracted the attention of the traditional rulers of both Tiv and Jukun.
“The traditional rulers sat over the land in question to find peace, but not satisfied the Tiv people in the area went to court to seek redress.
“I was told that those who went to court brought a letter to the late Njira withdrawing the case from the court only for the man to be killed today on the same farm land.
“I have directed security agencies to stop any violent reaction and I can tell you that the situation is calm now. Some Tiv people started leaving the town but I directed everybody to remain calm.
” I don’t know what might happen in the night, but I am going out again with Police and soldiers to ensure peace in the area,” he said.
The Caretaker Chairman said those living close to the area where the incident happened have all fled the area, which has made it difficult for any arrest to be made.
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