No fewer than eight persons have been killed and houses destroyed in the Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State, following the escalation of the communal clash between Ichen and Tiv in the neighbouring Donga Local Government Area.
Caretaker Chairman of Bali LGA, Musa Mahmud, disclosed this on Sunday in an interview with our correspondent in Bali shortly after he presented relief materials to the internally displaced persons from the crisis.
Ter Tiv Bali, Zaki David Gbaa, said three children had died in the camp while a woman gave birth in the camp on Friday.
The caretaker chairman said, “I was coming from Jalingo when I was informed that there was an attack in Suntai ward. On getting there, eight people were killed with serious destruction.
“Since then, I have been supporting the IDPs. Today, His Excellency Gov. Darius Ishaku has sent me to donate these relief materials to help cushion the effects of the suffering the people have been subjected to.
“I have procured drugs on the advice of medical doctors and treatment of common illnesses in the IDPs’ camps will commence as soon the doctors arrive.”
The Chief of Tiv in Bali, Zaki David Gbaa, while receiving the relief materials, thanked the governor for remembering the IDPs and called on him to fast track the restoration of peace to enable the people return to their homes.