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  • Updated: June 17, 2024

Herdsmen invade Taraba community, kill six villagers

Herdsmen invade Taraba community, kill six villagers

Following an attack on a farming community by suspected herdsmen, at least six people are said to have died and several others injured.

The incident that happened on Sunday targeted Mararaban Azagwa and Alele villages all of Maihula in the Bali Local Government Area of the state.

Isah Abdul, a local, informed journalists on Monday that the turmoil began when a man was discovered dead on his way home from Maihula market, inebriated and high on drugs.

“It is an unfortunate development. The relatives of the deceased, who later recovered his corpse, accused the Tiv villagers where the man died of being responsible for the death of their brother.

“There was nothing actually to point to the fact that the man was killed. He might have probably died from complications arising from the alcohol and the drugs he took.

“But his relatives, who suspected that he was killed by the Tiv villagers, mobilised and started attacking and killing people,” Abdul said.

Zaki David Gbaa, head of the Taraba State Tiv Traditional Council, addressed the media in Bali on the situation, saying six persons were murdered and four others are in serious condition in the hospital.

Gbaa named those deceased as Aondohemba Salemkaan, Tersuugh Dondo, Terkuma Mbatim, Kumaga Ujam Asaaga Nev, and Tersoo Memga.

The Tiv leader, who denounced the attack, praised the security authorities for their swift response to calm the situation.

He expressed confidence that the assailants will be apprehended and prosecuted by security forces, particularly because they all reside in the community and are immediately identifiable.

According to the Punch, DSP Gambo Kwache, the state Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the attack in a telephone conversation. However, only two corpses were retrieved by the police.

Gambo stated that no arrests have been made thus far, but security personnel are scanning the area in search of the perpetrator.

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