By Moses Gbande
No fewer than 20 persons have been reportedly killed and scores injured on Sunday, when Fulani herdsmen allegedly invaded Tunari village in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State.
The Fulani herdsmen had also attacked five villages in Ogbadibo local government area of Benue state last Wednesday leaving scores dead.
In Wukari, they were said to have stormed the village at 10 am and set houses ablaze while most residents were in church.
The President of the Youth of Vision, Wukari, Mr Tsa-asen Agbu .L. said the invaders, who were over three hundred, attacked mainly the Jukun Christians, a situation which he said compelled a lot of persons to relocate from the area.
According to him; “they are burning down houses and killing our Jukun Christian brothers. They slaughtered children and women like rams. As I am talking to you right now, over twenty people have been killed, with several others sustaining various degrees of injuries while several houses have been burnt.”
A source told the Eagle Online that “the attackers operated for several hours killing and burning down houses without any trace of security men to come to our rescue.”
According to the eyewitness, “these people took us unawares, and I believe they came from the nearby Plateau State. I think the level of damage would have been worse but for the fact that many of our people have gone to church.”
It will be recalled that, Fulani Herdsmen had for the past three years paralyzed farming activities in the neighbourhood of Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau and Taraba states by constantly attacking farmers almost on daily bases.
With the recent attacks in the two states of Taraba and Benue, there are fears that this year will witness yet another round of hostility between farmers and herdsmen and the need for farmers to remain alert have been stressed.
Source: The Eagle