Gunmen In Military Uniform Attack Taraba Communities, See What They Did

Suspected bandits dressed in military uniform, on Thursday attacked communities in Abbare, Lau Local Government area of Taraba and killed no fewer than 100 cows, the police said.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr David Misal, stated this in Jalingo on Friday, and said that the command had deployed more policemen to area.

He also said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area had been directed to investigate the matter.

Missal assured that more information would be released to the public as soon as “clearer pictures’’ on the situation were received.

Briefing the media earlier, Muhammad Umar, a community leader of Abbare village, located on the border of Adamawa and Taraba, alleged that some gunmen in military uniform invaded the area at about 1 p.m. on Thursday.

“In the process, the gunmen killed at least 100 cows and maimed several others,’’ Umar said.

He explained that throughout Thursday night community members were conveyed injured cows to sell to butchers in Jalingo, the state capital and Mayo-Belwa in neighbouring Adamawa.

Umar appealed to military authorities and other security agencies to investigate the alleged involvement of the military in the attacks.

The affected area has been experiencing frequent violence that has led to loss of lives and property.

It could be recalled that in April, gunmen in the army uniforms went berserk, killing 26 people, following an attack on Jandeikyura, a border settlement between Taraba and Benue states.

The incident occurred in the wee hours of Friday in Tiv dominated villages, bringing the total number of people murdered in the area to 67. This is coming as kidnappers killed two policemen and abducted two newlyweds as well as 19 others in Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna State.

The Benue border community had earlier been attacked where 41 people were killed. The villages attacked were Akaanya, Kpete and Tse- Orliam.

The ‘soldiers’, whom Saturday Telegraph gathered were from Taraba, made incursion into the area, allegedly in search of two of their colleagues, reportedly killed by the rampaging Fulani herdsmen. Governor Samuel Ortom had confirmed the killing of an officer of the Nigerian Army by the herders and abandoned in his pool of blood.

The deceased officer, who was among the soldiers deployed in the state for peacekeeping operations, was killed at River Tyulen crossing point in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State. Sources from Ukum Local Government told Saturday Telegraph that the suspected soldiers, who were in large numbers, came in search of their missing colleagues but as they could not find the corpses resorted to indiscriminate shootings during which no fewer than 26 persons were felled.

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