Fulani Herdsmen Kill 66, Injure 15 In Tarabat
Fulani Herdsmen Kill 66, Injure 15 In Taraba
There was pandemonium in Taraba on Monday evening when suspected Fulani’s herdsmen unleashed reign of terror on some communities in Gashaka Local Government Area of the state, leaving 66 persons dead and injuring 15.
Sources said the attackers who came in large numbers in different directions were said to have killed anyone on sight while setting houses ablaze.
Independent gathered that 66 persons were confirmed dead while 15 persons injured with eight others under life-threatening conditions.
They were also said to be looting and raping women and at the end 12 persons were reportedly missing.
“The attack started with the case of rape by the armed bandits which the lady resisted, leading to unleashing of mayhem on entire Taraba rural communities.
“This is coming at the wake of proactive security measures by Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, the Governor, to curtail the influx of suspicious persons from many Northern states who have suddenly embarked on massive migration to rural parts of Taraba State,” it reported.
Governor Ishaku had few weeks ago raised an alarm over the influx of Fulani herdsmen. He alerted security men on the dangerous activities of the group which has carried out stealing and killings across the country recently.
The worst attack was so far was the herdsmen carried out on Agatu, Benue State, where over 500 were killed and several women raped.
Reports said the herdsmen operated freely with no presence of security men.
Taraba rural communities have recently received influx of the herdsmen who have attacked farmers and farm settlers causing civil disturbances.
Eyewitnesses said many families fled their homes and farms taking refuge in bushes in the latest attacks.
Taravoice reported that these latest killings will certainly be a major setback to current effort by the government to resettle Internally Displaced Persons to their homes and to their normal activities.
The affected communities are Domi where eight people were reported dead and six children missing. In Angai over 20 people were reported killed and five injured.
Others are Maisuma where nine persons were killed and Fali where seven people were reported killed, reports said.
Another separate attack displaced over 100 women and children who are taking refuge in Mayo-selbe, Kungana and Garbabi.
These latest attacks had been blamed on the compulsory removal of the herdsmen from some parts of Benue State.