In order to avenge the killing of a herdsman, no fewer than eleven people died and many injured in attacks on Taraba villages today.
According to a resident of Jalingo, Cyprian Kamai, the incident began when herders stormed Murbai, Kisbap, Sembe, and Yawai – Abbare villages of Ardo-Kola and Jalingo Local Government Areas of the state to retaliate the killing of one of their own that was attacked on Monday when his cows were grazing on a villager’s farm.
Kamai noted that community leaders had appealed to the herdsmen not to avenge the killings but they ignored the appeal of the elders.
Stating that many had fled the villages, he said “Those displaced need humanitarian assistance and I want to call on the government to provide relief materials to the IDPs,” Kamai added.
Residents of the villages confirmed to newsmen that five people were killed at Murbai while six were killed at Sembe village.
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The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP. David Misal, confirmed the attack, noting that only five people were killed in the reprisal attack.
He said, “One person was killed on Monday when the crisis started and yesterday five more corpses were recovered.”
Misal further said the Police have deployed personnel to ensure restoration of peace to the communities.