Attacks by herdsmen, without doubt, have become the most potent threat to national security in the last couple of years. What makes the attacks by armed herdsmen very disturbing are, the frequency, the level of destruction and sheer brutality.
As at date, there have been wanton killings by herdsmen in Benue, Niger, Taraba, Kaduna and Plateau States that have resulted in massive displacement of people and loss of lives.
The attacks now seem unending as it has been reported again that herdsmen have killed eleven people and injured many in a reprisal attack on some Taraba villages earlier today.
“The herders stormed Murbai, Kisbap, Sembe, and Yawai-Abbare villages of Ardo-Kola and Jalingo Local Government Areas of Taraba State to avenge the killing of one of their own who was attacked on Monday when his cows were grazing on a villager’s farm,” said Cyprian Kamai, a resident of Jalingo.
Kamai stated that community leaders had pleaded with the herdsmen not to avenge the killings but they ignored the appeal of the elders.
He also said that many have fled the villages in fear of further attacks and are left stranded at Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.
“Those displaced need humanitarian assistance and I want to call on the government to provide relief materials to the IDPs,” Kamai added.
Residents of the villages confirmed to newsmen that five people were killed at Murbai while six were killed at Sembe village.
DSP David Misal, Police Public Relations Officer Taraba State, confirmed the attack but said only five people were killed in the reprisal attack. He said, “One person was killed on Monday when the crisis started and yesterday five more corpses were recovered.”
Misal added that the Police have deployed personnel to ensure peace is restored to the communities.
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