About 42 people have been killed in various attacks perpetuated by suspected herdsmen in 12 villages in Lau Local Government Area of Taraba State, local residents say on Wednesday.
PUNCH reports that a resident, a Dauda Marafa, who hails from the area, said that armed militiamen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Sunday invaded communities in the local government, killing anybody they sight.
“The attacks started on Sunday evening and as of the last count this morning (Wednesday), 42 people have been killed.
“The villages so far affected include Bujum, Yilti, Bunzung, Sabon Gida, Kwajafa, Sobon Layi and Budon.
“Other villages that have been sacked by the Fulani herdsmen militia are Bamga Dutse, Bawa Garki, Mayo Lope and Kpanti Ladi.
“Over 2,000 displaced persons are currently taking refuge at the Negatavah primary and secondary schools in Jalingo metropolis and more are still trooping in since Sunday when the attacks started.”
Marafa lamented the failure of security agencies to deploy their men in the area, saying the casualty figure might rise as attacks were still ongoing.
Also, Peter Julius, the state Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, who also hails from the area, said 19 of those killed were from five neighbouring villages.
He called on the Federal Government to urgently draft security men to the area to stop the attacks from spreading.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP David Missal, who confirmed the attacks, said six people were killed.
He explained that SAR and Mopol commanders had temporarily relocated to the areas under attack to restore peace to the affected villages.