12 killed as gunmen attack Taraba community

Former Taraba acting Governor, Sani Danladi

No fewer than 12 people were killed by gunmen during an assault on a village in Taraba State, North Eastern Nigeria with over 40 others injured on Sunday night.

This was disclosed by the police and residents on Monday.

“Some gunmen attacked Natirde village and killed 12 people while about 40 others were injured,” the state police spokesperson, Joseph Kwaji, said.

He said a unit of anti-riot police and soldiers were deployed to the area to track the assailants.

Some villagers alleged that the gunmen were Jukuns. Police did not confirm that claim.
According to reports, the assailants armed with guns struck at a wedding celebration at Natire village, Gassol local government.
“They opened fire on the crowd that gathered for the celebration during which over 10 persons were killed and several others injured,” said Muhammad Saidu, a councilor representing the community.

One of the villagers now admitted in a nearby hospital, Dan Garba, said, “We were celebrating in the village and before you know it, some Jukuns crossed over and started firing shots at us. I sustained injuries on my leg while many others were killed.”

Another local, Danladi Bitrus, stated that the gunmen, dressed-up in military uniforms, stormed the village, and started shooting the residents on sight.

The southern part of the state has been torn apart by ethno-religious violence, involving the mostly Christian Jukun against their Muslim Hausa and Fulani neighbours; all rivals in the race for political control of the state.


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  • i tire

    The UK your talking about is a confederal states of wales,Scotland ,north Ireland and England. The are together willingly and may decide to pull out of UK through referendum. The case of Nigeria is entirely different,by forces not by consent.As you have written,you see Nigeria entirely as a market and not a nation.

    • bala

      Then call for referendum – we will vote yes for biafra

      • Artful ºDodger

        You do not need one, define your boundaries(which does not include the SS anymore) and go!

        • Fuzio

          You are crying more than the bereaved.

        • Martins Johnson

          Why crying more than the bereaved? Nothing like SS. Is just a concoction. Check ur cardinal point and show us SS. I know ure an illiterate

      • Profit Ibrahim

        The sensible nations in the 21st century are coming together to create bigger market and enjoy d dividend of globalization. Those who want to create another South Sudan, goodluck to them. Yes, in Nigeria there are injustices here and there, it is better to stay and fight for a better deal in the Nigerian state. I don’t think it’s wise for five tiny states to go out and form Biafra, which may end up being another South Sudan because of infighting for power grab. Mind you, South-South are never gonna be part of Biafra.

        • i tire

          That decision is not yours to make, that entirely their headache.Your one Nigeria is hard pill for other to swallow,deal with that .

          • Profit Ibrahim

            Some parts of your writeup are incomprehensible. U may wish to proof read. In any case, in this day and age, people talk of human capital. It’s only in our part of the world we are still talking about natural resources. I agree with you that decision would be made by the south south people. If because of their oil, u remember that SS and SE are one, that decision is not yours to make too.

          • Artful ºDodger

            Find oil in Lake Chad basin today and igbos of lowlife value will claim ancestry to the Kanuris. It is their character to claim claims. If they are not claiming to be Jews today they are claiming to be Inca, Eskimos, Amish etc tomorrow.

          • Fuzio

            Sorry, you mouth is about to be pulled off from the teat of the cow. I can understand your anguish. Self dependence was never part of your DNA. The days of the locust is over. It will only get worse for you if don’t change. Start learning how to depend on yourself otherwise it will be too late for you and your ilk. Wise counsel.

          • Martins Johnson

            Ibo’s have oil too. Imo, Abia and Anambra , and human capital

          • Artful ºDodger

            First of all there is nothing like SE/SS. It is only in your head because you cant get your fixation away from the oil in the SS. There are igbos in Kogi and Benue, i have never heard any of you include them in the illusions inside your sick heads for the simple reason that there is no oil there.
            As for the call for some to bring something to the table, name one thing the SE bring to the table(breeding nuisances and idiots with lowlife brains in the latrine does not count) that Nigeria cannot do without? The North your hatred not withstanding accommodate you and feed you. The West accommodate you and feed, the SS accommodate you and feed you. How many of the people from these other regions are in your SE compared to your people in theirs?

            Take your head out of the gutter of greed, myopism and hypocrisy and face some realities dude!

          • Fuzio

            They have stayed on top of Nigeria’s education pyramid for the past 25 years and counting. If you analyze the 2015 WASCE results it becomes obvious that the closer you are to the SE the higher your score. The reverse is also the case. The farther any state is from the SE the lower their score. Lagos is an obvious exception mainly because of the sizable population of SE/SS in Lagos. Go and figure that out. Continue to denigrate them while they best you in every index of human development.

          • U. K. Charles

            Your inferiority complex, in relation to the Igbo, has had an overwhelming negative effect on your psyche. “It is the inferior and never – do -wells” they say, “that resort to criticism of others better than they are.”

            If jealousy of the Igbo has so intimidated you, just live with it and let them be.

            This forum discusses issues. It’ll be to your advantage if such are stuck with.

            LEAVE THE IGBO ALONE.

          • Martins Johnson

            Lol. It will soon end. Bush man,if I don’t come n develop u, will u develop.i am ur colonial master.

          • Powerlessconscious

            What did you develop in other region?

        • Fuzio

          You can only live together where there is some kind of bond uniting everyone. What is that bond in Nigeria? Did you see how they hacked that woman to death in Kano the other day under the pretext of insulting mohammed? They are only promoting one Nigeria because of what they are getting from it. They will walk away the very next second the resources dry up

        • Martins Johnson

          U don’t know the meaning of Nation. Nigeria is not one.go and check the meaning of Nation. There is nothing we share in common except corruption. We don’t eat d same food. We don’t dress alike. Our women tie two piece rapper. We don’t have the same religion. Above all, we do not have the same value system. What is south south? Is just a concoction. Is there anything like south south in the cardinal point? Hahhaha. Don’t worry about us till we get there .

          • Remi

            Point of order

            Granted that there is no such bearing as South South (SS),
            however, it should be noted that what we are talking about here are not bearings.
            When we use such appellations as, North West (NW), South East (SE) etc. we are
            not referring to geographical entities or their bearings, but to political
            units. Hence, SS is the name used to refer to the political entity that
            comprises of the minorities of the old Eastern and Mid West regions. North
            Central (NC), Far East, Middle East, Near East are all not valid bearings on
            the cardinal points, and they need not be, but they are today accepted as
            descriptions for various political units in the world.

            If, as someone rightly or wrongly pointed out, that the
            people of the SS are the kith and kin of the Igbos; then it is probably correct
            to infer that the Igbos know them well. Then, Alex Ekwueme, the person who
            coined that name and used it to describe the people of the SS cannot be
            mistaken.

            Rather than excoriate the author, I think Biafran agitators should
            learn from his article. Because, other than making unenforceable pronouncements,
            invoking “divine assurances”, instructing their supporters to march on the
            streets, abusing other Ethnic groups outside the notional Biafra and anyone who
            does not agree with them, making dubious assertions of United Nations and “International
            Community support “, for their cause, the leaders of the Biafran struggle have
            not articulated any concrete strategy for pulling Biafra out of Nigeria. If
            anything, they seem, through their actions, to be foreclosing all viable strategies
            for achieving their goals.

  • Artful ºDodger

    nnamdi canoe and his ignorant followers are too myopic to care. Their focus is on the South South oil and access to the sea. Take away these two factors and they will drink milk directly from a fulani cattle´s t1ts. But thank God for the Avenger-PDP anti godliness outfit, the South South want a country of their own now and that does not include the igbos. So nnamdi canoe has a choice when eventually he leave jail, he can lead his people to his five SE gully erosion ravaged states and create a country for themselves there.

    • Poseidon

      Exactly… That is why they support Avengers, while Avengers don’t like them.

      • Martins Johnson

        Avengers are our kit n kin. If you don’t support them, will we support Hausa fulani

    • Igodomigo Suleman

      @Artful Dodger, who is really masked and seem to be dodging a lot of things and its becoming very clear he does not know the terrain of the south south very well. Are there no igbos in Rivers and Delta?
      Go and study history and you will be surprised to discover that the Akwa ibom and cross riverian have their root and ancestry traced to the igbos but that is a story for another day.
      I believe you belong to a tiny a set of people who suffer from CHRONIC INFERIORITY COMPLEX when ever the name IGBO is mentioned around them. These are people who feel they can never be successful without mudslinging the hard working Igbo race. What you hate you can never become. Igbos are not lazy and have never depended on your “OIL like the west and the North”
      These are a set of people whom when they are in dare need of money they approach the Yoruba to buy their landed property the yoruba will tell him i do not invest on landed property outside my state of origin. He approaches the Hausa man worse story and he approached the Igbo man who truely believe in the workability of Nigeria and he buys to enable him send his wards to the university.
      And few years later when the property must have appreciated and the igbo man must have gathered money and starts developing he gets angry and grows jealous and start throwing all kinds of clogs and spanner sometimes in connivance with costituted authorities and on occasions even lies that the signature on the agreement is not his. You can’t eat your cake and have it.

      Since you have had these OIL is your life better than the average life of the igbo man? Grow up the world is talking about technology and you are still talking about mineral resources. And by the way are you aware the world is gradually moving towards gas which is a much cleaner energy than crude oil and Anambra state alone is sitting on over two hundred trillion cubic feet of gas reserve untapped?
      And if you truely know the Igbo man you will know he is not lazy and will never depend on your OIL. stop crying.

    • Fuzio

      Those uneducated followers of Nnamdi Kanu are the ones who have remained on top of WASCE performance charts for the past 25 years. The 2015 results only extends that phenomenon. Meanwhile, the SW where you come from, are now competing with the likes of Zamfara and Gombe for the race to the bottom. Don’t take my words for it. Go and see the charts or Google “Nigeria 2015 WASCE performance chart”. So, labeling those agitating for freedom as ignorant has become an easy way for people from your region to dismiss them. I am surprised you did not call them miscreants which is your people’s choice word. Anyway, know what thing, Igbos are not known to retreat in the face of adversity when they are pursuing a legitimate right. Nigeria is a failed experiment and should be dismantled. If you don’t like that prospect then you can keep your own side in it and allow those who want to move on to leave.

    • Martins Johnson

      The two factors u mentioned are in Biafra. Assuming we count in states ,IMO ABIA and ANAMBRA has oil and water. Oguta lake, river niger and Imo river. Let us say they do not have both. There are many countries in the world that doesn’t have these things,yet they are better off than the zoo called Nigeria. For ur information, Biafra is not Igbo. Rather Igbo is part of Biafra.

  • Okeke Vincent

    The writer is highly biased, his write up is one-sided and has no substance. It should totally be disregard.

  • Okeke Vincent

    Can we first leave Nigeria? We wouldn’t mind operating a confederal system of government with them where they manage their resources and we manage ours. United States of Biafra.

    We just need to be away from the States that set us back in reasoning and resources

    • Poseidon

      Shut up! You people always speak without sense. Emptiness all the way. Very uneducable. Did you even understand what you read?

      • Fuzio

        Wonders will never end. Your case is akin to that of an insane person accusing a sane person of being insane. I leave your writing and the diction to speak for you.

        • Poseidon

          Got your mail. Thanks.

  • Fuzio

    Every argument for sustaining this failed experiment called Nigeria will collapse completely by the time Scotland votes for referendum and pulls out of the UK. Let those deceiving themselves continue. If it is not working it is not working. No amount of propaganda and playing to the gallery will change that. If after 50 years Nigeria cannot supply uninterrupted electricity anywhere for 24 hours then it is time for ‘To your tents Oh Israel’.

    • Powerlessconscious

      When Scotland vote out of UK, Scotland is going to join EU. why joining EU? Because Scotland can not stand alone.

      • Fuzio

        Biafra will join AU. Cake walk

  • the afrected guy

    THE WRITER HAS MADE A POINT ABOUT THE FUTURE PLANS, BUT WILL YOU BECAUSE OF FEAR OF THE UNKOWN FUTURE PREFER TO DIE IN THE FAILED PRESENT? NIGERIANS ARE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE EITHER MUSLIM OR CHRISTIANS OR EVEN PEGANS BUT THE TRUTH IS OUR RELIGION ARE DIFFERENT AND THERE IS A BOUNDARY USING STATES, OUR SHARING FORMULA OF THE NATIONS WEALTH ARE DIFFERENT ALSO, IF WE HAVE TRIED TO HARMONIZE THINGS AND IT DIDN’T WORK SHOULD WE KEEPING TRYING FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS AGAIN AND KEEP FAILING OR FIND ANOTHER APPROACH? REMEMBER YOU CANT BE USING SAME PROCESS ALWAYS AND EXPECT A DIFFERENT RESULT.

    • Powerlessconscious

      The writer did not go against regional government. The writer was giving warning about biafrexit.

  • Abdulkadir

    People who want to leave, who are desperate to do something inadvertently never see reasons not to go ahead with their idea no matter how unreasonable their ideas are. They remain blinded by hate, distrust, acrimony, bias, bigotry, low self esteem, shortsightedness. I don’t think Jesus himself can convince them. Its either they perish of their struggle continue. This is even more so when, having studied their weakness, foreign powers want to finance them for they creation of chaos in their country.