Ethnic violence erupts in Adamawa community

Nigeria police force

The Adamawa state police command in northeastern Nigeria have confirmed the escalation of ethnic violence in a village in the state.

The clashes took place between the Tinno and the Chobo tribes in Lamorde Local Government Area.

It is feared that many have lost their lives in the crisis.

 

Some locals told our reporter that a small dispute broke out after a young man hit an ethnic of Chobo with a motorcycle.

His motorcycle was later attacked by the victim family, where some people also tried to protect him, and the crises escalate.

A resident of the town, Solomon Bello, told said, “We are in a difficult situation now because we have been scared and you only hear gunshots.”

State Police spokesman DSP Sulaiman Yahaya Nugroje confirmed the incident, though he said they were currently gathering information on the incident.

Adamawa state has been hit by tribal clashes in the past, resulting in many deaths.

 

In other news:

On Friday, some northern states open closed temples that were lockdown for several weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Borno, Adamawa, Gombe, and Jigawa states have lifted the lockdown order banning social gathering including religious activities, residents can now attend Friday prayers and churches.

Also, the International cattle market in Adamawa has been opened and they are to adhere to the rules of social distancing.

The Borno governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has urged citizens in the state not to forget Boko Haram during their prayers at night, saying “they are now suffering from two plagues”; Boko Haram and coronavirus.

For his part, Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa said: “We mandate that all those who enter the mosque must wash their hands and put on face masks and a two-meter interval in the mosques during Friday prayers. “

The states say that so far things have started to ease with the reopening of the worship centres, which is why they have done so.

Meanwhile, some Islamic clerics have called on the Kano state government to reopen Friday mosques to offer prayers as usual.

Some of the clerics said they hoped the move would help prevent the virus.