Herdsmen Kills 5 In Taraba

Four people were killed by herdsmen in Sabon Gida settlement of Donga local government area of Taraba State a few hours after military troops were withdrawn from the area, at the weekend.

At Tunari, Donga,a man was hacked to death in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp. Three other IDPs have been reported missing after leaving the camp.

Chairman of Donga local government Nashuka Ipeyen said the attack took place at Nashuka.

Ipeyen noted that the killers would have razed the entire Sabon Gida village, but for the presence of some mobile police personnel in the area.

He advised the IDPs to remain in camps until the security situation improved.

Chairman of Takum local government, Shiban Tikari, accused the military of trying to divert the attention of Nigerians.

He described as laughable, the statement by the Army that one Danjuma America and Danasabe Gasama, arrested in the middle of the night in Takum recently, were perpetrators of crisis in Takum and Ussa local government areas of the state.

Tikari said: “We have been crying on top of our voice that the Operatives of Exercise Cat Race were out for something.

“How come they have not told Nigerians about the arrest of the mastermind of the attack in Jandeikyula in Wukari local government where over 32 people were killed?

“They have not arrested those attacking and killing our people in the villages. The two boys they have arrested are indigenes of this area; Would they turn and be burning their houses and killing their own people?

“We have told them the routes the attackers are using to attack us, but rather than go into these areas and arrest the armed militia, they have been busy harassing our people in the town.

Tikari said he had reported the matter to the military probe panel investigating Gen Theophilus Danjuma’s allegation that “the armed forces are colluding with the armed bandits that kill Nigerians.”

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