Gunmen wreak havoc in Taraba State
from AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA – GUNMEN suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have killed 20 people and injured several others in Tunari village of Wukari Local Government in Taraba State.
The killings and burning down of several houses took place after herdsmen invaded the village from the neighboring Plateau State.
Confirming the report, President of the Youth of Vision, Wukari, Tsa-asen Agbu, said the attackers struck when the villagers went for Sunday service.
He believed the present leadership of the state and top security personnel were aware of the incessant attacks but allegedly turned deaf ears to the situation.
According to Agbu, the attacks had displaced some locals, mostly Christians, from the area.
“The attackers are burning down houses and killing our Jukun Christian brothers. They slaughtered children and women like rams.
“Over twenty persons have being killed with several others sustaining various degrees of injuries as well as several houses burnt to ashes,” he said.
Agbu admonished President Goodluck Jonathan to as a matter of urgency call to order, the Acting Governor of the state, Alhaji Garba Umar, and the Inspector General of Police.
A pastor of one of the church who spoke on the issue to journalists under condition of anonymous in Jalingo raised concern at the killings.
“This is why I like our former President, President Olusegun Obasanjo. If he is the one on seat, I am very sure these killings going on in our state would have been brought under control,” he said.
Confirming the attack, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Joseph Kwaji, agreed that there was an attack but was unable to confirm the number of casualties as the authentic figures were yet to be made available to the command as at the time of filing this report.
“Our men have been drafted there to restore peace,” he added.
– CAJ News
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