• Monday, July 15, 2024
businessday logo


92-year old man, five others killed in Taraba renewed attack


Not fewer than six persons including a 92-year-old man have been killed while several others injured when suspected herders attacked a farming community at Mararaban Azagwa, Maihura in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The attack which occurred on Sunday was targeted at the farmers living within the Mararaban Azagwa and Alele villages.

An eye witness, Nater Apera, said the incident occurred on Sunday after a suspected Fulani herder was found dead after he was reportedly drunk.

He narrated that the herders after discovering that one of their own died, they decided to launch attacks on Tiv residents resulting to the killing of about six persons.

According to him the other people are missing, adding that the affected communities had deserted as people are fleeing for the safety of their lives.

David Gbaa, Chairman, Taraba State Tiv Traditional Council, who briefed journalists in Bali on the development confirmed that six people were killed and four others were in critical conditions in the hospital.

Gbaa identified those killed to include Aondohemba Salemkaan, Tersuugh Dondo, Terkuma Mbatim, Kumaga Ujam Asaaga Nev and Tersoo Memga.

The Tiv leader who condemned the attack, however, commended the security agencies for their quick intervention to calm the situation.

He expressed confidence that the attackers would be arrested by security agencies and prosecuted, especially that all of them live in the community and could easily be identified.

Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Kwache who confirmed the attack in a telephone interview, however, said only two corpses were recovered by the Police

Gambo added that no arrest had been made so far but security operatives were combing the area in search of the attackers.