15 Dead, Many Missing As Fulani Sack Suswam’s Village

Posted: January 31, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Gabriel Suswam

Barely one week after seventeen people were massacred in Agatu local government area by Fulani insurgents, gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen have launched another attack in five villages in Logo, Governor Gabriel Suswam’s local government killing fifteen people in the process and burning over one hundred houses.

The villages attacked included Chembe, Tse-Mue, Ifer, Mgbakpa and Oragbai all in Ukemberagya council ward which is four kilometers away from Anyiin, headquarters of the local government.

The gunmen had stormed the area at about 5: 48 am and started shooting sporadically into the air for several hours, leaving scores of people displaced.

Senior Special Assistance to Suswam on Media and Public Affairs, Chief Joseph Anawah, whose village was also razed said the insurgents numbering about 100, used different routes to invade the villages.

He also hinted that massive looting of household items and other items belonging to the Tiv farmers, followed the shooting and killings which lasted for several hours.

The governor’s aide stated that the insurgents traced some farmers to their farms and killed them, adding that most of those killed included people that were rendered homeless as a result of last years attacks on the communities by the herdsmen and had returned to their villages to cultivate their farmlands.

He sued for the swift intervention of the federal government and other well meaning individuals and organizations to end the crisis in order to save the state and nation from imminent famine following the displacement of farmers who rely mostly on their farms to feed themselves.

Confirming the incidence, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP John Bako said two people were killed in the brutal attack.

The PPRO said, the people were killed when the Peace and Reconciliation Committee set up by the state government to reconcile the Tiv and Fulani imbroglio, were holding a meeting a meeting to fine tune ways of ending the intractable crises.

He stated that dozens of armed mobile policemen have been drafted to the area to maintain peace and ensure the return of the displaced people to ancestral homes

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