No fewer than 25 persons were killed on Wednesday in Taraba state, North East Nigeria in fresh attacks by suspected herdsmen who allegedly invaded Jandeikyula village of Wukari local government area of the state.
Witnesses said that the attackers who were over 200 took the villagers unaware as they storm the village in commando style.
The witness said that many houses were set ablaze in the attack.
The Chairman of the Local Government Council, Adi Grace confirmed the attack to reporters but said he could not give casualty figures.
“Many people were killed in the attack. As I am speaking with you now, I don’t have the casualty figure until when I am back from the village because I am on my way there now,” he said.
Commenting on the attack, Luka Agbo, former chairman of the Wukari Youths of Vision, said: “It is true that Jandeikyula village was attacked night and from the reports we are getting, over thirty people were killed.”
“The series of attacks in the state now make us to be living in fear because we can no longer go to bed with our two eyes closed.”
David Misal, spokesman of the police in the state, also confirmed the attack but could not give details.
“We are aware that an attack took place yesterday at Jandeikyula village in Wukari local government,” he said.
“As for the numbers of casualties, the information available to the command is still very sketchy. I hope to get back to you as soon as the actual details of the attack get to my desk.”
Taraba is one of the states affected by clashes between farmers and herdsmen.