Ban­dits Kill 10 in Zam­fara Fresh At­tack

Sus­pected herds­men kill four in Nasarawa

THISDAY - - NEWS - Em­manuel Ukumba

The Zam­fara State Po­lice Com­mand has con­firmed the death of 10 peo­ple fol­low­ing the at­tack in Dut­sen-Wake and Oho Vil­lage in Birnin-Ma­gaji Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Zam­fara State.

A fam­ily of four Tiv farm­ers has also re­port­edly been killed by sus­pected Fu­lani herds­men in their farm at Antsa vil­lage of Kwarra district in Keana Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Nasarawa State.

The Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer in Zam­fara tate, Muhammad Shehu, who made the con­fir­ma­tion to jour­nal­ists in Gusau yes­ter­day, said the ban­dits at­tacked the two vil­lages on Tues­day around 10p.m.

“We re­ceived dis­tress call yes­ter­day that the ban­dits at­tacked the area around 10p.m. We quickly re­sponded by mo­bil­is­ing po­lice­men to the area, led by Area Com­man­der Kaura-Namoda Po­lice Area Com­mand and Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer of Birnin-Ma­gaji Division.

“When they ar­rived the area the ban­dits had al­ready fled to Rugu for­est bor­der­ing Zam­fara with Katsina State.

“They dis­cov­ered 10 dead bod­ies killed by the ban­dits, seven in Dut­sen-Wake and three in Oho vil­lage,” he said.

He said the state po­lice com­mand had al­ready mo­bilised se­cu­rity per­son­nel to main­tain peace in the area.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the state Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Mr. Ken­neth Ebrim­son, was col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Katsina State Po­lice Com­mand to track the per­pe­tra­tors of the at­tack.

He urged com­mu­ni­ties in the state to al­ways co­op­er­ate and give in­for­ma­tion on se­cu­rity to po­lice and other se­cu­rity agen­cies.

A fam­ily of four Tiv farm­ers has re­port­edly been killed by sus­pected Fu­lani herds­men in their farm at Antsa vil­lage of Kwarra district in Keana Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Nasarawa State.

The Antsa fam­ily killings oc­curred si­mul­ta­ne­ously with last Tues­day’s at­tack car­ried out by the same sus­pected herds­men on Tiv farm­ers at Gada-Biu vil­lage in Obi Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state when they (farm­ers) were on the farm.

The herds­men killed one Aon­dovihi Tuur; while an­other, Vir­lu­mun At­saga, was re­port­edly miss­ing, just as over 20 oth­ers were in­flicted with var­i­ous de­grees of in­juries.

The twin at­tacks came af­ter a cease-fire agree­ment was bro­kered be­tween the Tiv farm­ers and the Fu­lani herds­men in Nasarawa State, re­cently.

Speak­ing to THISDAY yes­ter­day over the Antsa killings, an eye­wit­ness, Den­nis Utsa, said the killings oc­curred on Tues­day at about 10a.m. as the fam­ily of four was butchered by the herds­men.

De­nen gave the names of the slain Tiv fam­ily to in­clude the fa­ther of the fam­ily, Utindi Kyor; his son Shie-Aondo; his son’s wife, Dedzug­wen; and his grand­son, Boyi.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists on the re­sumed killings of Tiv farm­ers in Nasarawa State by the sus­pected Fu­lani herds­men, the Chair­man of Mzough U Tiv in the state, Thomas Gar, said the fam­ily of four were killed on their way to farm.

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