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Jukun/Tiv crisis: Traders desert Wukari yam market

Business activities have drastically reduced at the popular Wukari yam market in Taraba State within the past two months as a result of persistent conflicts…

Business activities have drastically reduced at the popular Wukari yam market in Taraba State within the past two months as a result of persistent conflicts between Jukun and Tiv ethnic groups.

People from different parts of the country used to transact business at the market, one of the biggest in the North East, but our correspondent who visited yesterday saw only a few people buying yams.

No truck, bus or yam merchant was seen buying or loading yams at the market during the visit, in sharp contrast to what obtained in the past.

Similarly, Tiv farmers who supplied more than 70 percent of the yams sold at the market no longer bring their produce because of the conflicts.

A trader, Madam Lami Bulus, told Daily Trust that the quantity of yams supplied to the market had seriously reduced as Tiv people no longer bring yams there.

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