At least 40 people have been killed and 100 houses burnt to the ground in fresh attacks by Fulani herdsmen on villages in Taraba, our sources in Taraba say.
Police said six people died after the Fulani herdsmen militia, an Islamist terrorist group attacked Mummuye communities in Lau Local Government area of the state.
According to our sources closely monitoring the situation, the Fulani herdsmen militia attacked and burned down Lande, Lande-Jesi on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. They also burned down Garinn Dogo Village, a major town along Lankaviri – Lau Road.
On Monday, they burned down Loshi and and all the satellite villages.
There are now thousands of internally displaced persons Lankaviri Primary School and the Nearby UMCN Church.
“The people need urgent assistance,” an aide worker who didn’t wish to be named, told The Trent. “We need food, medicines, especially for the wounded, toiletries and clothes. Many escaped with just the clothes on their back.”
Between Friday and Saturday, last week, eight persons were reportedly killed during communal clashes between the Mummuye and the Fulani communities of Lushi, Sakuwa, Hore Ladde and Garin Dogo.
The Police Public Relations Officer for Taraba State, David Misal, said six people were killed in the conflict.
“Since the Friday attack between the Fulani herdsmen and Mummuye farmers in Lushi, there have been reprisal attacks.
“For now six persons were confirmed killed on both sides while several others have been arrested,” the PPRO said.
Misal, an assistant superintendent of police, also confirmed that 80 houses had been burnt.