Accusations are flying in Adamawa state over who is to blame for last Sunday’s attack on 12 communities in the state by unidentified Fulani herdsmen.
Leaders of the communities on Monday laid the blame on the state government claiming that Governor Murtala Nyako acted “indifferently and failed to forestall the attacks by the Fulani herdsmen”.
The 12 communities in Lamurde Local Government Area that were attacked are: Bukutu, Luwafuti, Furtu, Wamsa, Suwa Bariki, Sulne, Wurki, Bang, Kullani Murai, Kiza and Ninge.
Community leaders, led by the deputy speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, said Governor Nyako must take the blame for the attacks by hoodlums, about 500 in number, who struck at 4a.m. on Sunday and continued to wreak havoc till 8 a.m., leaving the communities in rubbles.
No figures have been put forward on lives lost so far but hundreds have been displaced.
The state government, however, in a swift reaction through the secretary to the state government debunked the charges saying “the statement is unfair and uncalled for under the circumstances”.
Hezron Fada, the National president of a community support group, Pene Da Bwatiye Association, said on Monday in Yola, the state capital, that amidst rumours that a band of armed men were camped around the community with an intent to attack in retaliation for an earlier attack on herdsmen in the area, the “government deliberately turned deaf ears and blind eyes to what seemed obvious”.
“The security committee of the local government had met severally, using laid down channels, communicated to the government that this attack was in the offing.
“It was hoped that security measures would be taken to forestall the eventuality that was witnessed,” Mr. Fada said.
The community leader says the government’s inaction is a “surreptitious support of the act seen as a retaliation”.
In response, Kobis Ari Thinmnu, secretary to the state government and the governor’s spokesman, absolved the government of blame.
“No responsible government would allow such an act,” he said.