Three killed, six injured in fresh Taraba attack


The police in Taraba State on Monday confirmed the death of three persons while no fewer than six others sustained injuries in another overnight attack on Maisamari town in Sardauna Local Government Area of the state by a suspected militia group.

Monday’s attack occurs a few days after about 24 people were killed in attacks on three Taraba communities. That earlier attack occurred in a separate local government, Lau.

The police spokesperson in the state, David Misal, who confirmed the latest incident to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Jalingo, said the incident took place during a cultural event called Nding-Chin.

The cultural event was said to be taking place in the area for the first time.

Mr. Misal, who said the area was now calm, disclosed that the command had deployed additional police officers to beef up security.

Godwin Sol, Acting Chairman of Sardauna Local Government Council, told NAN that the administration had earlier banned all cultural meetings and festivals because of the security situation in the area.

Mr. Sol, however, said he was surprised to learn that a group, which mobilised its kinsmen from surrounding villages, held a dance event in Maisamari against the council’s order.

He said security operatives were later mobilised to disperse the gathering.

The spokesman said due to the size of the crowd, a time frame within which to complete the exercise and disperse was given.

Mr. Sol said at the expiration of the time frame, instead of leaving the town as agreed, the group relocated to the house of one Yaya Ahmadun to continue with the dance which continued into the night.

“It was while this was going on that some unknown gunmen attacked the place and killed three persons and injured six others,” Mr. Sol said.

The council boss said the host of the event in Maisamari as well as leaders of the cultural group have been arrested.

NAN learnt that the injured are receiving treatment at the Gembu General Hospital.

The latest incident is coming barely six months after a bloody attack on several communities in Sardauna Local Government Area had left many dead while property worth millions of naira were destroyed.

The governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishiaku, on Monday joined governors of other affected states and some federal ministers and security chiefs to deliberate on the latest violence.


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  • growthengine


  • Every time the Southerners would waste writing space deriding the Fulanis as daft, uncouth, ill educated, ill qualified, quota educated etc. However, the Fulanis that are just 9% of the population (with half the nomadic type that waste in the bush herding cattle and murdering villagers and farmers) continue to dominate the entire other 91% of the country. They must be super smart. Consider this, by the time Buhari finishes his second term, Fulanis would have controlled Nigeria for 37% of its post independence existence – 300% over entitlement. The worse case is that they have left a legacy of backwardness, retrogression, oppression, mediocrity, hopelessness and shame on Nigeria.

    This is how they have achieved this:
    They conquered the northern Hausa and others, latched on to the much larger Hausas and formed a parasitic amalgam hosted by the Hausas and became “Hausa-Fulani”. They remain the emirs and district head by birth while hapless conquered Hausas remain uneducated, poor, diseased, fiefs and serfs. By adding their 9% to the Hausa about 19%, they achieve status of a majority tribe. They automatically become the single largest tribe in the North where there are myriads of minorities.

    They implement Wahhabist/Salafist Sunni Islam propping up Fulani emirs all over the North, subjugating the northerners who are cowed to accept the divinity of the rulership by the Fulani emirs. They thus planted Fulani hegemonic rulers even in areas where they are minorities such as in Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna, Yobe state, Adamawa State, Gombe State, Bauchi State, Nassarawa State, Kwara State etc

    They maintain acquiescence in Southern Nigeria mainly through Islam in Yoruba land. The Yoruba Muslims have also been sold on the fallacy of the divinity of Fulani rulership such that a Fulani Sultan is the permanent first among equals among all Nigerian Muslims in spite of the fact that Fulanis are just 9%. So, with the infiltration into SW Nigeria, there is much frustration in forming a pan-Southern and hence pan Nigerian alliance to check Fulani hegemony.

    Finally, the South is so consumed in petty rivalries fueled by past betrayals and injustices that they fail to advance the next moves while the Fulanis deploy killer moves resulting in checkmate on the chess board. The South with all its sophistry should hide its head in shame if it can be outsmarted and dominated by the minority Fulanis.

    Recommendation: The Southern majorities (Igbo and Yoruba) do not need to love each other but need to cooperate or die. During second world war, countries with opposing ideologies e.g. US and USSR, buried their egos and aligned to defeat the axis forces (Germany, Japan, Italy etc). The Southern majorities are still in a state of war. They need to arrange a peace meeting, address outstanding civil war issues, sign a peace deal with some give and take. Then together forge a pan Nigerian alliance to force the Fulanis to the negotiation table with no no-go areas.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      What a beautiful analysis!

    • Niger Delta

      I vehemently DISAGREE with you.
      Nations formed countries of in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. These nations are themselves countries. But in Africa we have different nations amalgamated into one country and all the nations do is fight themselves and compete acerbically for control of power, resources etc. So, the solution is for every nation in Nigeria to form a country. Let the Yoruba form a Yoruba country. And then the Igbo form their beloved Biafra country. And the Niger DELTA form their United Socialist Republics of The Delta. And the middle belt countries form their Middle belt Republic and the North form their Arewa etc.

      In that way, every body will mind his business. There shall be an instant end to terrorism, herdsmen killings etc because no sane or insane herdsman will take cows across international borders except he is ready to die. So, complete dismemberment of Nigeria into nations that existed before the useless British came into this part of West Africa is what we need and not your suggestion which I personally view as a ploy for the Yoruba to benefit from my oil & gas resources. Go your own way. Who told you that you cannot fight alone? Did Biafra not fight the whole of Nigeria for 3 years? This is why I know that no single section of Nigeria can claim to be more powerful than any other. None!

    • Tk

      Your suggestion is laughable. The easiest way to get rid of the North is for the Yoruba to set up a secessionist movement like Biafrans and the people of Niger Delta have done. But you continue to cooperate with blood sucking people of Nigeria who have no regard for human life (A people who in fact take pleasure in killing) and then you come here talking about other people of the South should unite with you. Rubbish

  • Waandu

    This story shows the typical way that the Nigerian media writes stories when other tribes attack the Fulani. They make the story vague without mentioning the names of ethic groups. They use terms like “militia” or “cultural group” to cover up the identity of attackers. This story is about militia of the MAMBILLA ethnic group and the cultural dance was by MAMBILLA people and they attacked a mostly Fulani village killing and maiming Fulani people. But when these Fulanis eventually retaliate, the story that the media will write will be very clear: “Fulani gunmen attack Mambilla villages.” Thus is hiw the Nigerian media ensures that it is always the Fulani that are portrayed in bad light.