by Dare Lawal
Taraba State Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar has constituted a 7-man Judicial Commission of inquiring into the crisis in Ibi and Wukari Local Governments that has claimed as many as 39 lives and left over 30 persons injured.
The Committee is headed by Justice Philibus Andetur and the governor has given it one month to submit its report.
A 24 hours curfew has also been announced in the state.
On Friday during a burial ceremony for a third class chief in the Jukun traditional council, clashes erupted between Christians and Muslims.
“Thirty nine corpses have been seen sor and 30 persons injured,” said the police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Joseph Kwaji. He said that those who sustained injuries were receiving treatment in various hospitals in the town.
30 houses were also burnt down during the fracas.
Wukari has been on the edge since February when violence during a neighbourhood football game morphed into a sectarian crisis which left five people dead.
Meanwhile the committee inaugurated by the governor was charged to hold public hearing with a view to ascertaining the root causes of the crisis in the areas. Gov. Umar also asked that the committee investigates the roles played by the security agencies, politicians, Traditional Rulers and the Local Government Area Chairman as well as to recommend necessary sanctions on any group found guilty.