Four killed as armed men attack Taraba communities – Police

Nigerian police force
Nigerian police force

The Taraba Police Command has confirmed the burial of four persons on Saturday in Jalingo following a dawn attack by an armed militia on three Fulani communities in Lau Local Government Area of the state.

But a resident of one of the affected communities said 15 people were buried at Jalingo cemetery.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, David Misal, said those that carried out the attacks were yet be identified. He said no arrest has been made.

The spokesman called for calm and assured residents that security agencies were investigating the incident with a view to arresting and prosecuting the culprits.

The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the attack was launched at about 6 a.m. on January 6.

The villages attacked by the suspected militia were Babagasa, Donadda and Katibu, which shared common boundary with Adamawa.

A resident of Katibu, Bello Isa, who narrowly escaped the attack, told NAN that many people in his village were killed and houses set ablaze.

Mr. Isa explained that so far bodies of 15 persons killed in the attacks were recovered and buried at about 10 a.m. at the Jalingo Cemetery.

He said many people including women and children were still missing, adding that security agents are yet to be deployed to the area.

“The armed militia whom we identified as Bachama and Nyandang, came to our village at about 6 a.m. today and said their cows were stolen, and before we could reply them, they started shooting and setting our houses ablaze.

“We are residents of the area and have no any misunderstanding with our neighbours who are Nyandang. But we are Fulani by tribe but not herders, yet we came under attacks for no offence,” Mr. Isa said.

A resident of Donada village, Kallamu Mohammed, who also escaped with gun shots, said they were surrounded by the militia whom they also suspected to be Bachama and Nyandang, early Saturday morning.

According to him, the militia who were well armed stormed the area on motorcycles and started shooting and setting their houses ablaze while others looted their properties.



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  • Bassey Frank

    If you like, exterminate your entire communities. PMB must lunch his presidential campaign on January 20 – in the South West.

  • AryLoyds

    Fulani animals always causing trouble

  • Mentus

    So when Fulani villages are attacked the police can swing into action and not only arrest the situation but take on the attackers.
    Why does this never happen in Benue and indeed other States when it is the Fulanis are the attackers. When people complain that this government is discriminatory, others jump up to counter the accusations.
    And have the police become undertakers, do they have to bury people they kill. How are their relatives going to know that their loved ones had died.
    Why are they not given the option to bury their dead. This also happens when people die in accident in some parts of the North. It might be the Islamic thing to bury people within twenty four hours, but everybody is not a Muslim and their relative may want to make arrangements for their burial. When people are dumped in a mass grave without their next of kin being informed, their family will never come to terms with their whereabouts, whether they are missing, dead or even relocated to a different city.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    On account of the ever-worsening security situation in the land, brain-dead, illiterate certificate forger and perjurer Muhammadu Buhari deserves impeachment; not a 2nd term in office.