Taraba vi­o­lence: 35 dead in vil­lage at­tack

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Jalingo & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

Un­known gun­men raided Gi­dan Yamu vil­lage of Wukari lo­cal govern­ment, killing 35 people and set­ting the vil­lage on fire, BBC Hausa re­ported yes­ter­day.

Res­i­dents said the at­tack­ers came with so­phis­ti­cated weapons and set the en­tire houses of the vil­lage on fire, in­clud­ing the vil­lage’s school build­ing.

An eye wit­ness stated that the armed at­tack­ers “stormed the vil­lage with heavy weapons. They killed 35 people, while the where­abouts of 15 people is yet to be known.

“They burnt the en­tire houses of the vil­lage, in­clud­ing the school. Now the vil­lage has been de­serted. No­body is there now. Ev­ery­body run away.”

He added that “there are about seven people in­jured from the at­tack. But all the dead vic­tims were buried in a mass grave on Tues­day.”

Taraba state po­lice com­mis­sioner, Joseph Kwaji con­firmed the at­tack, but said the num­ber of those killed was 17.

“The gun­men, we un­der­stand, came to the vil­lage through Nasarawa state. But soldiers and po­lice per­son­nel have al­ready been de­ployed in the area ,”he said.

The Taraba House of As­sem­bly yes­ter­day passed a res­o­lu­tion call­ing on the act­ing Gover­nor, Al­haji Garba Umar to re­quest the federal govern­ment to take over the se­cu­rity of south­ern part of the state.

This fol­lowed a mo­tion of ur­gent im­por­tance moved by the mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Takum 2 con­stituency, Mr Mark Useni on the floor of the house on be­half of the seven mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing the South­ern Zone at the state as­sem­bly.

The mo­tion was sec­onded by Mo­hammed Ab­dulka­rim from Ibi Con­stituency.

Useni in the mo­tion said the state govern­ment had demon­strated lack of ca­pac­ity to han­dle the in­va­sion per­pe­trated by sus­pected herds­men in the ar­eas.

The south­ern Taraba which com­prises Wukari, Takum, Donga, Ibi and Ussa Lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing vi­o­lence in re­cent days, claim­ing scores of lives and property de­stroyed.

The house unan­i­mously agreed that Umar should ur­gently re­quest the federal govern­ment to take over the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the state to stop fur­ther killing of in­no­cent lives.

Af­ter a heated ses­sion, the Speaker, Josiah Kente di­rected the clerk of the House, Is­maila Ten­ten­son to im­me­di­ately com­mu­ni­cate the res­o­lu­tion to the act­ing gover­nor for nec­es­sary ac­tion.

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