Herdsmen killings: Death toll rises in Taraba



More bodies were yesterday recovered in Taraba state following continuous fiery attacks by Fulani herdsmen.
Two brothers to the member of the State House of Assembly representing Wukari II constituency, Daniel Ishaya Gani were among the casualties yesterday.
A heavy hearted Gani confirmed the killings to The Nation in a telephone chat. He said the bodies of his slain brothers were recovered and buried immediately.
“One of them is my immediate elder blood brother.
“The two of them were attacked and killed right in the house.
“Their remains were buried immediately,” he said.
The lawmaker accused the Acting Governor Garba Umar of being “nonchalant” and “incapable” restoring peace in southern Taraba. He called on the federal government to act fast.
Taraba State Red Cross boss, Umar Waziri stated that it was not possible to ascertain the exact number of casualties following unending gunfire in the area.
Waziri said: “Our men are on ground but for now, as we are talking, gunfire is still on so it is not possible for us to get the accurate number of casualties.”
The insurgents have invaded Gassol, Ibi, Takum, Bali and are now concentrated in Wukari local government area.
In Wukari, Tudun-Wada, Jibu and Nwokyo among several villages including the suburbs of Wukari headquarters have been reduced to ashes by Fulani herdsmen.
Thousands of residents especially farmers have fled their homes even as the Acting Governor Garba Umar is asking them not to leave.
Besides residential buildings, worship centers including the Deeper Life Bible Church, Christian Reform Church of Nigeria (CRCN) as well as commercial malls have been razed down in separate attacks.
Residents said initially Tiv farmers were the target but now the assailants are attacking and killing at spree, including Jukun and security personnel.
Sources said over 120 persons have been wounded and property estimated in millions of naira destroyed by the marauders.
Another source said if no proactive step is taken the assailants will soon start mounting road blocks to massacre travelers.
Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Acting Governor Garba Umar on Media and Publicity, Aaron Atimas, said a 24-hour curfew has been imposed in Wukari to comb the perpetrators.
He added that “the state government is supporting the security personnel morally and financially to do a good job.”
Police spokesman Joseph Kwaji, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) confirmed the violence, saying the police and military men drafted in the area were doing their best to restore normalcy.