The Fulani community in Sardauna Local government area of Taraba State has cried out over attacks on their villages which they allege have claimed scores of lives since the last Saturday.
Fulani elders in a statement in Jalingo asked Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to save them from being wiped out by ethnic militia forces in the state.
They also ask the federal government and the United Nations to set up a commission of inquiry into the killings in which over 4,000 of their cattle had been killed.
The Fulani elders allege that over 180 Fulani villages in Mambilla Plateau had been completely burnt down and several people killed.
The statement said, “On the 16th of June, 2017 security personnel moved in the early hours and effected some arrests in Nguroje during which some suspected ring leaders of a group that has been fomenting trouble in the area got into the net of the security.
“On getting information about the development, the chairman of the local government, Mr John Yep immediately led some Mambilla youths to storm Nguroje alleging that the arrest was instigated by the Fulani. This led to a total siege on Nguroje and its environs.
“He ran across some villages mobilising his kinsmen under their militia group called ‘Mun Nor Ambassadors of Peace’ being the political attack dogs of a prominent politician from the area.
“Through this process, the council chairman was able to sell a dummy to his tribesmen across the entire local government painting a wrong and malicious picture that his kinsmen, the Mambilla ethnic group, was being attacked by the Fulanis.
“In fact he made a personal radio message through the Taraba State Broadcasting Service (TSBS) Gembu Booster Station calling on his kinsmen to execute the genocide on the station’s transmissions of Saturday evening and Sunday morning respectively.
“What followed thereafter was a coordinated and simultaneous attack on over 300 Fulani communities
“It is therefore with a heavy heart that we wish to draw the attention of the world to the ongoing genocide and ethnic cleansing being perpetrated against the Fulani in Sardauna local government area of Taraba state in the last four days.
“This carnage has escalated to all parts of the local government and is still going on with full impunity as the state government has remained unconcerned since then.”
The state police commissioner, Yunana Babas told newsmen in Jalingo that armed policemen and troops had been deployed to the areas to restore order.