- Suspected herdsmen kill four in Nasarawa
Emmanuel Ukumba in Lafia
The Zamfara State Police Command has confirmed the death of 10 people following the attack in Dutsen-Wake and Oho Village in Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
A family of four Tiv farmers has also reportedly been killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in their farm at Antsa village of Kwarra district in Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Zamfara tate, Muhammad Shehu, who made the confirmation to journalists in Gusau wednesday, said the bandits attacked the two villages on Tuesday around 10p.m.
â€œWe received distress call yesterday that the bandits attacked the area around 10p.m. We quickly responded by mobilising policemen to the area, led by Area Commander Kaura-Namoda Police Area Command and Divisional Police Officer of Birnin-Magaji Division.
â€œWhen they arrived the area the bandits had already fled to Rugu forest bordering Zamfara with Katsina State.
â€œThey discovered 10 dead bodies killed by the bandits, seven in Dutsen-Wake and three in Oho village,â€ he said.
He said the state police command had already mobilised security personnel to maintain peace in the area.
According to him, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kenneth Ebrimson, was collaborating with the Katsina State Police Command to track the perpetrators of the attack.
He urged communities in the state to always cooperate and give information on security to police and other security agencies.
A family of four Tiv farmers has reportedly been killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in their farm at Antsa village of Kwarra district in Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
The Antsa family killings occurred simultaneously with last Tuesdayâ€™s attack carried out by the same suspected herdsmen on Tiv farmers at Gada-Biu village in Obi Local Government Area of the state when they (farmers) were on the farm.
The herdsmen killed one Aondovihi Tuur; while another, Virlumun Atsaga, was reportedly missing, just as over 20 others were inflicted with various degrees of injuries.
The twin attacks came after a cease-fire agreement was brokered between the Tiv farmers and the Fulani herdsmen in Nasarawa State, recently.
Speaking to THISDAY wednesday over the Antsa killings, an eyewitness, Dennis Utsa, said the killings occurred on Tuesday at about 10a.m. as the family of four was butchered by the herdsmen.
Denen gave the names of the slain Tiv family to include the father of the family, Utindi Kyor; his son Shie-Aondo; his sonâ€™s wife, Dedzugwen; and his grandson, Boyi.
Speaking to journalists on the resumed killings of Tiv farmers in Nasarawa State by the suspected Fulani herdsmen, the Chairman of Mzough U Tiv in the state, Thomas Gar, said the family of four were killed on their way to farm.