30 women, children killed in Adamawa militia attack — Police

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At least 30 women and children were killed Monday in attacks by militiamen in Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State, police said.

Residents and security sources said the attacks on the mainly Fulani settlements were by armed gangs suspected to be of the predominant Bachama ethnic group in the area.

They however said the death toll was higher.

An affected resident, Oriwa Hammadu, said the militia members were chanting war songs on Monday evening as they launched attacks on the settlements in Shafaran, Shawal, Gumara, Kikam and Kadamti villages in the area.

‘’The attacks came when all the men were out of the areas. Many had gone to market and a wedding ceremony in Mayo-Belwa, so they took us by surprise,” said Mr. Hammadu.

‘’I was on my way back from Numan town market when I saw smokes billowing from our settlements. Later, I saw some Bachama militia members numbering about 150 coming from our settlements.

“So, I had to sneak to save my life. But they killed our children, women and burnt houses.

“They came with dangerous weapons including machetes, daggers and guns and were chanting war songs in Bachama dialect.

‘’Both the injured and the corpses were evacuated to Numan General hospital,’’ a distraught Mr. Hammadu said.

A truck driver, Emmanuel Nwachuku who plies the Numan-Jalingo road said: ‘’The attackers singing Bachama songs came in their dozens.

“We saw them while crossing to Dong road. Thank God we escaped before they launched the attacks.’’

The spokesperson of Adamawa Police command, Othman Abubakar, said about 30 persons were killed in the attacks on herdsmen in the area.

‘’Thirty Fulani children and women were killed during the attacks in Numan villages by suspected Bachama farmers and already investigation has commenced to arrest the suspects.

‘’We were told the attackers hailed from the affected areas. We are on the top of the situation and already investigations have commenced to fish out those involved,’’ he said.

Speaking shortly after the burial of the victims, the North East chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), Mafindi Danburam, said women and children were killed by the attackers who came in the wee hours of Monday.

‘’We have just observed the funeral rites of 45 bodies of women and children here in Numan. We are still searching for the remaining missing people.

‘’We want government to as matter of urgency swing into action by investigating those involved so as to avoid reprisal.”

Mr. Danburam alleged that Bachama youth had been threatening herdsmen to vacate the area.

‘’In the build up to these attacks, the district head of Numan had earlier summoned Fulani leaders and ordered them to leave his domain. He even threatened that there would be attack.

‘’And all pleas by the Fulani were to no avail,’’ he said.

The state Deputy Governor, Martins Babale, visited the area on Tuesday to assess the situation after which he called for calm.

Mr. Babale, who condemned the incident, vowed that government would fish out the culprits.

‘’The culprits would be brought to book and whoever is involved will not be spared, so lets learn to live in peace,’’ he urged.


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  • Shahokaya

    Hypocritical silence because the victims of these monumental carnage were Fulani.

    • Mr.Val

      So many good news from the boko haram nation this week already,isn’t it?

      • Shahokaya

        The Badoo cult struck again on Tuesday at Temu village in the Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area, Epe, Lagos State, killing a mother and her two kids.
        The victims, identified as Iyabo (mother), David, 4; and eight-year-old Rachael, were reportedly killed around 2am on Tuesday at a Celestial Church of Christ parish in the neighbourhood while they were asleep.

  • kevenreal

    Fake news; it was Fulas that killed their host in Adamawa to take their land for grazing.
    Boohari should be impeached for this cowardly act of his follow cattle herders.

  • Intrepid

    Python dance V1

  • Nigeria is bleeding to death and no one is willing to offer help!

  • Tess

    I don’t subscribe to violence, but every group in Nigeria must defend itself by itself as the state security apparatus have failed. Now, if this report is true then the Fulanis must know that they don’t have the monopoly for violence which they brag about always saying they don’t forget or forgive- in most cases they instigate the fights that they claim they will not forget or forgive on. The cowards expect you to run and not defend yourself when they attack you. Buhari is playing with fire and it may soon catch and engulf the entire country including him. He feels his ethnic group must be covered by his silence always, but there’s a limit to tolerance. This is not 1914 and in fact not even year 2000. This is 2017 and every entity in this country is important. The Fulanis are not indigenous to anywhere in Nigeria. All they feel is that they can conquer anywhere they liked in the present time !!! Any other ethnic group: Go to sleep at your own peril. Defend yourself !!! They have sworn they will never accept cattle ranching, and the rest of the country say, they will never accept cattle grazing.We know the purpose of cattle grazing, which is for conquest and nothing else.

    • mbamoi

      Fulanis are the victims here but you are twisting the story begot

  • Jon

    When one is in the North, everyone looks like a masquerade or is a masquerade. Under the covers are guns and bombs used in killing and massacring innocent civilians in the streets, churches and mosques. Ban those veils or masquerades.

  • Mizch

    Sure it is not done by the defeated Boko Haram. Trust this is not a cover-up calling the killers “militia men.”

  • deri best

    Thought shameless bingo said boko haram has been defeated—-that they operated as they like because Jonathan could not buy weapons———shameless lairs God is watching all of u apes in Apc deceiving Nigerians with yr smelly tongues

  • newday

    Where’s operation python that was dispatched to where the targets were armed only with cell phones.

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    Somebody within the corridors of the Presidency, ought to be able to relocate the office of the DSS and the NIA in Abuja to the Northeast with an office on Jos Plateau. What are they accomplishing in Abuja anyway? Nigerians are dying in the Sahara Desert, they are dying in the Mediterranean, they are being “decimated” by Boko Haram in Borno state and in the Cameroons, now they have moved to Mubi. We have to use what we have to sort out our problems. In the near term we should redeploy our security agencies to where we are hurting. Too many innocent Nigerians are dying needlessly. Our intelligence should by now have penetrated rag tag Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen. We should be able to pre-empt some of these activities even if we are not locating the Chibok girls.