25 persons lost their lives fighting over a fish pond in Taraba State

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A fish pond has caused the deaths of not fewer than 25 persons in Taraba state Police confirms.

The Shomo and Jole ethnic communities have been at loggerheads  for years with each claiming ownership of the fishing pond in Lau area.

Locals  rely on small-scale fishing and the dispute has caused untold hardship on members of the commuity.

The incessant fracas between the communities led government to issue a ban on fishing activities in the area for 10 years.

The ban was lifted in 1999 and soon after, the conflict between the two communities resumed and now has led to loss of lives and destruction of properties.

Taraba State’s police spokesperson, David Misal said Sunday’s violence following the dispute over the fish pond did not only lead to deaths but injuries and destruction of properties in the area.

He also said policemen has been deployed to the area to ensure that peace and normality is restored in the area.