Seven per­sons killed, homes burnt in Nasarawa com­mu­nity

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - FRONT PAGE - From Abel Abo­gonye, Lafia

NO fewer than seven per­sons have been killed by sus­pected herds­men in a mid­night at­tack at Kadarko com­mu­nity in Keana Lo­cal Coun­cil of Nasarawa State.

Ac­cord­ing to an eye­wit­ness ac­count, the at­tack­ers in­vaded the set­tle­ment at 1:00 a.m., shoot­ing spo­rad­i­cally. While the op­er­a­tion lasted, sev­eral homes were razed.

He said: “When they came, our dogs started bark­ing. But in the course of es­cape, seven peo­ple, in­clud­ing a woman, were butchered.” Kadarko is a bor­der town lo­cated in Giza Devel­op­ment Area where over 15,000 in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons (IDPS) are cur­rently ac­com­mo­dated.

Dur­ing a visit to the scene, Gov­er­nor Umaru Tanko Al-makura vowed that the per­pe­tra­tors would be brought to book.

Ush­ered into the most hit com­pound to see the corpses, the gov­er­nor pleaded with the peo­ple to be calm, promis­ing that a spe­cial unit of the po­lice force would be de­ployed in the com­mu­nity.

His words: “Since I got the in­for­ma­tion at about 1:00 a.m., I lost sleep. We are go­ing to see what can be done quickly to bring the per­pe­tra­tors to book. Mean­while, I want ev­ery­body liv­ing in the out­skirts to move into Kadarko town for proper co­or­di­na­tion.”

The gov­er­nor later toured the neigh­bour­ing vil­lages to as­sess the ex­tent of dam­age.

The­guardian ob­served that all the Tiv vil­lages in the state were de­serted ap­par­ently for fear of be­ing at­tacked by the ma­raud­ing herds­men.

As at press time, the en­tire Kadarko set­tle­ment was a ghost town, even neigh­bor­ing vil­lagers were leav­ing in droves for Benue and Lafia, the Nasarawa cap­i­tal city.

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