Five persons have been reportedly killed in a communal clash between the two border towns of Nyuwar/Jessu in Gombe made up of Waja people and Lunguda in Adamawa on Tuesday.
Eyewitnesses said the clash was caused by a misunderstanding between hunters from Jessu and Fulanis from Lunguda in Adamawa who have always had misgivings about themselves.
The eyewitness said a group from Jessu had allegedly gone to the forest for hunting when Fulani boys saw them and raised the alarm.
Their father was said to have started shooting, a development The Nation reported led to a clash and burning of houses.
“What we learned was that when the Fulani boys saw the hunters, they raised an alarm that they are being attacked by the hunters and reported to their father.
“The Fulani then came and started shooting, up till now that I am talking to you, they are still fighting and burning houses,” said the eyewitness.
Commissioner of Police, Ishola Babaita, told The Nation he was on his way to the scene of the incident and cannot make comment yet.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya and other top governments have imposed a 24-hour curfew on Nyuwar, Jessu, and Yolde communities in the Balanga Local Government Area of the state with immediate effect.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, who made the announcement on Tuesday, stated that the decision followed the violence that erupted in the communities.
According to the SSG, the curfew became necessary to douse the tension and restore peace and order in the affected areas, saying that security personnel has been deployed to restore normalcy while the curfew will subsist until further notice.
He said security personnel have been deployed to restore normalcy while the curfew subsists until further notice.