Following their sacking of communities in Benue State, daredevil herders continued their reign of terror by attacking the Bali and Gassol councils in Taraba State, killing scores of residents during a midnight raid.
As of the time of this report’s publication, no fewer than 12 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 carried out by herders.
According to a source, 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.
“As I speak with you now, we have recovered twelve dead bodies in a nearby bush in Sabon-Gida village of Gassol council,” said the leader of one of the affected communities.
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 were seriously injured 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., adding 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.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has been accused by the state chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) of allegedly refusing to intervene in the ongoing killings.