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16 Apr 2020 | 12:08 AM UTC

Nigeria: Ethnic clashes in Taraba state leaves 19 people dead April 12

Violence breaks out in Lau (Taraba state) on April 12, resulting in at least 19 people being killed; similar incidents possible in the near term

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Event

Ethnic clashes in Taraba state on Sunday, April 12, led to at least 19 people being killed. The fighting occurred in the Lau local government area near a disputed fishing pond which is thought to have been the cause of the violent clashes. Reports indicate that the death toll may be higher and dozens of homes are also thought to have been burned down amid the violence.

Further related clashes are possible in Plateau state in the coming days and weeks.

Context

Armed violence in Taraba is dominated by tribal clashes arising from land disputes, conflict between nomadic and farming communities, and chieftaincy issues. Tensions between the Shomo and Jole ethnic communities in the Lau local government area of Taraba have been ongoing for some time. Many communities in riverine areas rely on fishing to earn a living.

Advice

Individuals in Taraba state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.