Suspected herdsmen kill 10 persons in Nasarawa fresh attack

From Esther Akaa, Lafia 

Again suspected herdsmen have allegedly killed 10 persons in a fresh attack in Gidan Sule, Kadarko in Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa state.

The Voice gathered that unspecified number of gunmen suspected to be herdsmen with AK-47 invaded Gidan Sule village in the early hours of Saturday shooting any person at sight.

An indigene of the area, who pleaded anonymity told The Voice that the gunmen shot sporadically, killing five persons while others escaped with bullets wounds.

The source also revealed that  several other persons are  missing and survivors have fled for their safety.

He said that so far, five persons, who were missing were on Sunday found dead at a nearby bush on Sunday morning, while several others, including children, women and aged persons are still missing.

“Five corpses were recovered yesterday and two persons are still missing as at yesterday. This morning the five missing persons have been found dead bringing the casualty figure to 10 and one person still missing,” the source said.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, a Facebook user, Ukeyima John Ukmoni made a post on his Facebook page, he said: “We and others are trapped on the road on our way from Abuja to Makurdi. There is shooting around Kadarko, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen. All cars are turning back to Lafia pending when the road will be cleared.”

Another Facebook user, Dan Mashin wrote on Sunday, “just escaped herdsmen attack on Abuja-Makurdi road. Soldiers came right on time, engaged them but someone in a ash colour Toyota car shot already. Soldiers escorting cars now to safety.”

Confirming the incident, President, Tiv Development Association (TIDA), Comrade Peter Ahemba said over 10 corpses have so far been recovered.

“After the Saturday attack on Tiv community of Sule village where three people were reportedly killed by Fulani herders, it is confirmed this morning that more than 10 corpses have been recovered from the bush and still counting as more dead bodies are yet to be discovered,” Comr. Ahemba said.

The TIDA president, who decried the incessant unprovoked attacks on his kinsmen in recent time recalled how gun men killed three people at Antsa village in Kwara, Keana Local Government Area of the state some weeks ago.

Ahemba described the attacks as unfortunate, saying despite the drafting of security personnel at Antsa and Dooka to prevent further attacks, the killings have  continued unprovoked.

He, therefore, called on the state government and security agencies in the state to take adequate measures to address the situation.

The Voice could not get the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ramhan Nansel, as calls placed through his mobile phone failed to connect, just as a text massage sent to his phone was not replied at the time of filling this report.

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