Gunmen kill 14 in Taraba

Gunmen kill 14 in Taraba
Map of Taraba State

Unknown gunmen, suspected to be Fulani militias, have killed at least 14 villagers in two Local Government Areas in Jalingo, Taraba State capital.
12 dead bodies were recovered around the bushes of Ijever near Sabon-Gida in Gassol Local Government Area The PUNCH reported.

Meanwhile, two other victims lost their lives in an attack on Thursday night which left about 11 others injured in a community called Pangari in Bali Local Government Area of the state.

A local community leader, Orkurga Terkimbi, disclosed that residents have been displaced as a result of the attack as hundreds, mostly Tiv farmers, flooded the state capital on Friday including the IDPs who are camping at NKST Church, Mayo-Dassa, and NKST Church Kufai among other locations.

The fleeing victims said the attackers sacked Pangari, Sansani communities in Bali and Numbe, Ijever and Sindelde in Gassol Local Government Areas.

Chairman of Tiv Cultural and Social Association in Bali Local Government Chapter, Matthew Baki said: "The suspected Fulani militia attacked Pangari at about 2:00am and killed two people while 11 others were wounded.

"This morning, the Police in Bali came and evacuated the corpse and the injured to General hospital Bali.

"Many people are fleeing the area now. The number of people leaving the area has overwhelmed motorists.

"Some women and children are fleeing by foot and heading towards Jalingo and Mutum Biyu axis," he said.

In the same vein, a Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. George Dogo, confirmed that his church in the Mutum Biyu headquarters of Gassol LG is housing a multitude of displaced villagers who fled their towns as a result of the attack.

"The escalation of the attacks is worrisome. From the reports I am getting, the people are being attacked without any form of provocation.

"I don't really know what is going on, but I want to appeal to relevant authorities to halt the escalation of the attacks and killings," he said.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP. David Misal, in a text message to our correspondent, said, "The report I received from Gassol indicated some round huts were set ablaze, but no report of loss of life except that one of yesterday."

Further reports revealed that those (three) who sustained injuries in the attack in Gassol are receiving treatment in a private hospital in Sabon-Gida, while 11 who sustained injuries in the attack in Pangari are receiving treatment at the General hospital in Bali.