Fulani herdsmen on rampage in Taraba; raid villages, kill scores

Posted by News Express | 12 April 2016 | 2,534 times

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Fulani herdsmen yesterday attacked Angai and Ndole villages in Gashak Local Council area of Taraba State, killing several persons.

Following the incident, a large number of the local population has reportedly fled to the neighbouring Cameroun Republic and nearby local council areas.

Though the exact number of casualties are yet to be confirmed by the authority, sources told our reporter that no fewer than 44 persons, have been feared killed with several numbers of houses and domestic animals burnt to aches.

Confirming the disaster, the Police Public Relations Officer, Joseph Kwaji, agreed that there was an attack by the herdsmen, but could not ascertain the numbers of persons killed.

According to him “It is true that there was an attack by the herdsmen, but for now, I don’t have the full details of the crisis, so I cannot tell you the number of casualties now.”

Sources close to people who narrowly escaped the attack, told The Guardian in a telephone chat, that the herdsmen ignited the crisis “when one of them was prevented from raping a woman.”

Dissatisfied by the actions of the communities, the herdsmen were said to have began terrorist attacks on the people, which eventually led to the death of several persons. Concerned watchers have called on the state government to marshal out plans that would checkmate the activities of the herdsmen, which according to him “have been giving us sleepless nights in this area.”

•Text courtesy of The Guardian. Photo shows Fulani armed herdsmen.

Source: News Express

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