Suspected herdsmen allegedly kill 32 in Nasarawa, take over villages
– Suspected herdsmen attacked four local governmnet in Nasarawa
– Most of the villagers attacked belonged to the Tiv people
– 32 people were reportedly killed during the attacks
No less than 32 people of Tiv origin have been reported dead after gunmen suspected to be herdsmen launched a deadly attack on several Tiv villages in Awe, Keana, Obi and Doma local government areas of Nasarawa state.
The Nation reports that over 10,000 Tiv villagers are homeless and were said to have been trapped along the Agwatashi-Jangwa road axis in Obi local government areas after gunmen ransacked their villages.
NAIJ.com gathers that eight injured people were yesterday receiving treatment at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, (DASH), Lafia as a result of injuries sustained from the attacks.
President Tiv Youth Organization Nasarawa state chapter, Comrade Peter Ahemba, said most of the villagers ransacked are still being occupied by the attackers.
Ahemba said: “As I speak to you, seven bodies of our people killed this morning (yesterday) by the terrorists in Wurji village of Keana LGA have just been recovered and brought to Keana town by the Police. Also last night, five of our people were killed in the coordinated attacks with seven others still missing at Kertyo and Apurugh villages in Obi local government.
“Three days ago, we recorded eight deaths from similar attacks in Kadarko area, four from Aloshi axis, one person from Agberagba, all in Keana LGA. Another six persons were shot at Imon village and were rushed to Obi General Hospial as a result of which one of them later died. This is just few out of deaths we recorded within the last three days as a result of these senseless attacks.”
When contacted by the press, police spokesman, Idrissu Kennedy, said he was aware of attacks on Imon and some of the villages but was yet to be briefed on the number of casualties.
The director of army public relations, Brig Gen Texas Chukwu, in a statement obtained by NAIJ.com on Saturday, April 14, said that two persons connected with killings in Taraba state had been caught by troops involved in a military operation in the area.
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