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Kaduna Attack Death Toll Rises To 114, As Gunmen Kill 35 In Taraba

The death toll from Friday night’s attack on residents of Maisankwai, Tyekum, Maikakpang and Angwan Kura villages in Bondong district of Kaura local government area of Kaduna State has risen from 100 to 114.

Our correspondent who was in Bondong district reported that the victims of the attacks were also given mass burial amid tears.

The bodies were all buried inside three big holes, as over 5,000 persons are now displaced from their houses.

One Mr Timothy, who witnessed the burial of the entire members of his household, told LEADERSHIP that he will never forgive their killers.

“This killing of my entire family is a terrible thing that has happened to me, and I will live in memory of this act. I will never forgive the killers of my family,” he said.

Reacting to the killing of the people, the umbrella body of the Southern Kaduna people, the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) vowed to take necessary actions to protect the people from further killings.

The national president of the union, Dr Ephraim Goje, while addressing the people, said “Let it be placed on record that no community has the monopoly of violence. Our people have been pushed to a level that we may take certain actions aimed at defending ourselves and our land in order to put an end to this impunity”.


Panic In Birnin Gwari As Gunmen Abduct Young Lady

Meanwhile, socio-economic activities were yesterday paralysed in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State when unknown gunmen kidnapped a young lady in the area.

LEADERSHIP gathered that the lady was abducted along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road.

A source told our correspondent on phone that the armed bandit again attacked and injured several motorists who were rushed to hospital, a situation which created panic among travellers.

He said “The bandits opened fire on vehicles; they shot two women and a boy and abducted a lady into the thick forest for reasons only known to God. We don’t know why they kidnapped her. We are still appealing to government and security agencies to deploy more troops and give priority to our plight.”


Herdsmen Kill 35 In Taraba

In another development, suspected Fulani herdsmen yesterday killed 35 persons and burnt properties worth millions of naira in an attack on Ikyo, Catholic Church, Agwaza, Kokonbo, Azer, Lijam, Akesa, Tyow Doshima, Tse Saka and Kwaghlando districts in Takum local government area of Taraba State.

A resident of one of the villages, Hon Peter Kaaov told LEADERSHIP at Chechenji that the armed men identified to be Fulani headsmen numbering over 70 invaded the villages at about 2pm.

Kaaov, who said he fled with his newly wedded wife to Takum town, further said that over 16 persons were killed by the gunmen in other sorrounding villages while several others sustained various degrees of injuries.

He further said that the invaders were identified to be Fulani herdsmen who came from Benue as a result of the crisis between Tivs and Fulanis in that area.

When contacted, the divisional police officer in charge of Takum, DSP Aghogho Akpovwovwo, said he was not in the position to speak to the press.

Meanwhile, the acting governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar yesterday donated relief materials to over 5,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) taking refuge in in different locations in Takum.

Umar, who was represented by the state executive secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), expressed sadness over the way the Fulani herdsmen are terrorising innocent people, and called on the refugees not to avenge the wrong done to them.

According to Umar, the Taraba State government would do everything possible to deploy more security personnel to the affected areas to safeguard the IDPs and their properties.

The materials donated by the Taraba government through SEMA were 300 bags of maize, 300 bags of millet, 200 bags of guinea corn, 100 bags of rice, 40 bags of gari, 150 cartons of Indomie Noodles, 20 cartons of toilet soap, 10 bags of sugar, 200 pieces of wax print, 150 pieces of guinea brocade, 150 mats, 100 mattresses,  100 plastic buckets, 200 plastic spoons, 200 plastic cups, 40 cartons of Omo detergent, 300 blankets, toiletries, 200 bags of pure water, among others.


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