ABUJA: AT least 27 people have been killed after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked Nwonko village in Wukari local government council of Taraba State.
The onslaught, which started Friday, has also resulted to massive destruction of farmlands and property worth millions of Naira. Several persons were also left with various degrees of injuries.
Speaking on the magnitude of the crisis, the member representing Wukari Constituency at the state House of Assembly, Daniel Ishaya Gani, said most of the casualties are women and children.
He said the attackers stormed the village in their thousands and started destroying properties from Tunari village before storming Nwonko.
“At the beginning, we thought the attackers were Boko Haram from Maiduguri because of their large numbers. It was later on that we discovered that they are Fulani herdsmen,” Gani said.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Joseph Kwaji, confirmed the disturbances. He said nine corpses had been recovered from the scene of the attack in the ancient city.
“The crisis is between the Fulani herdsmen and the Jukuns. Nine corpses have been recovered from the scene and several houses burnt,” Kwaji said. He added that the attackers flee scene before the arrival of the policemen.
“That made it possible for us to recover the corpses. Our men are on ground patrolling the place and relative peace is returning,” he said.
Communal and clashes are commonplace in Taraba where hundreds have been killed and scores more displaced.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY