At least nine persons have been reported dead in an early morning attack on Wednesday by armed men on Tutuwa community in Taraba state.
The sad incident was confirmed by the Chairman of Ussa Local Government Council in the state, Hon. Rimansikwe Karma.
Karma revealed that the attackers surrounded the village about 5am on Wednesday and launched the deadly attack when members of the community were going for early morning prayers, killing nine while three sustained injuries.
“Every Wednesday morning, the community used to conduct mid-week service and most of them were on their way to the Church in the morning when the armed Fulani militia attacked them.
“Nine persons were killed and three others sustained life-threatening injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the Takum General Hospital.
“The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Tafida, and heads of other security agencies are on the ground in Ussa Local Government Area to assess the security situation.
“But unfortunately, the attackers left before the arrival of the security agencies,” he said.
Mr. Ure Caleb who hails from Kwesati District where the attack happened told journalists that two of his relations were still missing after the attack.
While lamenting the attack, Mr. Ure who is also a youth leader in the area called on security agencies to go after the attackers who he said may not be too far from the area of the attack.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Taraba State Police command, ASP. David Missal, who also confirmed the killing of nine persons in the attack, however, said the DCP had led a team of mobile and conventional police officers to the area.
Missal who said no arrest had been made explained that the team would remain there to prevent further attacks and also make efforts to improve the security situation in the area.
The attack is coming barely three days after the State Governor, Darius Ishaku, disputed Buhari’s claim that Fulani herdsmen don’t bear arms, insisting that herdsmen in the state go about with AK-47 rifles.