There appears to be no end in sight to the ongoing killings and property destruction between herders and farmers in Taraba State, as separate attacks resulting in several deaths and property destruction have occurred in both Bali and Gassol councils.
As of the time of this report’s publication, no fewer than twelve bodies had been recovered from the sites of the two separate attacks.
Separate attacks in Sabon-Gida village in Gassol Council and Pangari village in Bali were allegedly prompted by herders.
According to a source speaking to DAILY POST, the herders stormed the communities at night while residents were fast asleep.
Apart from the killings and injuries inflicted on residents of the communities, some people who claimed to have narrowly escaped the scenes told our correspondent that massive destruction of valuables occurred as well.
The leader of one of the affected communities confirmed to DAILY POST that “as I speak with you now, we have recovered twelve dead bodies in a nearby bush in Sabon-Gida village of Gassol council.”
While two people were confirmed dead in the Pangari community of Bali council by suspected herdsmen, several others were said to have been injured.
Confirming the incident, which he said resulted in massive displacements of people, Matthew Baki, chairman of the Tiv Cultural and Social Association’s Bali chapter, told our correspondent that two people were killed and several others suffered serious injuries in Bali.
He stated that the attack in the Bali community, which resulted in the death of two people, occurred at approximately 2 a.m. and that “police arrived this morning to evacuate the corpses and transport those injured to Bali General Hospital.”
Additionally, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) David Misal confirmed the separate attacks and stated that efforts to apprehend the perpetrators were in high gear.
Numerous members of the crisis communities who spoke with DAILY POST expressed regret that the state’s leadership has not deemed it appropriate to enact permanent measures that would put an end to the killings.