Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Rampaging Gunmen, Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Slaughter 45, Injure 95, Burn 200 Houses in Taraba State

At least 45 people were killed, 95 hurt and 200 houses razed in Gashaka, Bashiri, Panwen, Barimini, Sabongida Zaga and Suntai in Bali local government area of Taraba State when gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen invaded a Tiv settlement.
The incident was confirmed by the state police yesterday also stated that the chief of Tiv’s representative in Zaki Koti Anyima in Bali LGA was among those killed.

According to reports from Leadership, a witness said that, the armed men numbering over 120 invaded the villages at about 1:42am on Saturday
after a heavy downpour and engaged in shooting and burning of houses.
Ngada, who said he narrowly escaped the attack stated that over 55 people were killed by the Fulani, who injured over 95 others and razed down over 200 houses.

He said the invaders were identified to be Fulani herdsmen who had been terrorizing and killing innocent people in the southern part of the state.
“None of us knows what the Fulanis actually want. Three months ago, we all signed an agreement to put an end to all these killings, but we don’t know their reason for all these attacks and killings,” he said.

According to the spokesman of the state police command, ASP Joseph Kwaji, five people were killed by the attackers in Sabongida Zaga and Suntai districts in Bali local government area of the state.
He also confirmed that the chief of Tiv’s representative in Zaki Koti Anyima was killed by the attackers.
He noted that the command had since Friday drafted its men to the affected villages while investigation into the matter continued.