Herdsmen Kill Four Policemen, Five Others In Adamawa, Kaduna

Fulani herdsmen, on Saturday, attacked
Kwahine, Gidan dadi and Karalahi villages in the Demsa Local Government
Area of Adamawa State, killing four policemen and three villagers.

Also, a Senator from the Southern Kaduna Senatorial District, Danjuma
Laah, on Sunday, said despite the presence of troops, suspected Fulani
herdsmen attacked Tsonje village, near Kagoro in the Kaura LGA of the
Kaduna State on Saturday and killed two persons.

Tsonje is in the crisis-ridden Southern Kaduna.

The Adamawa State Police Command on Sunday confirmed the killings in the
state but claimed that only three riot policemen were killed while two
were missing.

Lumsambani Dilli, a member representing Demsa community in the state
House of Assembly, however, said he was reliably informed by his
constituents that three villagers and four policemen died in the
attacks.

Dilli urged the state government to fish out the culprits, especially “the herdsmen who carried out the atrocious acts.”

The lawmaker, who said five other persons, who sustained serious
injuries, had  been taken to the state specialist hospital, observed
that there was more behind the attacks.

“If it is about the cows, they had been compensated. So, why then the attacks after compensation had been paid?” he stated.

It was learnt that the state government had, after a peace parley with
the herdsmen who lost 47 cows to  the villagers, offered the aggrieved
herdsmen N4.7m compensation.

It was gathered that the killed policemen were among those drafted to
secure Kwayine, Gidan Dadi and Karlahi communities after clashes that
followed the killing of 47 cows in the area.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Othman Abubakar, who confirmed
the development to newsmen in Yola, said four rifles, belonging to the
policemen, were also missing.

Abubakar, a Superintendent of Police, said, “Fulani militia attacked the
three villages and we lost three of our gallant MOPOL while two are
missing.

“We have constituted a high-powered search team and by the special grace of God, we are going to recover our men.

“On the side of the civilians, two bodies have so far been recovered.”

The spokesman said the police had succeeded in killing scores of the
militias who were however able to escape with their dead colleagues.

Abubakar said more mobile policemen and military personnel from the 23rd
Armoured Brigade, Jalo Cantonment, had been deployed in the area to
restore normalcy.

The state Governor, Muhammad Bindow, condemned the attack, which
occurred less than 24 hours after a government delegation on
peace-building mission visited the area.

The governor, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and
Strategy, Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, directed security agencies to deploy more
personnel in the area.

Bindow described the attack as unfortunate and sad, especially coming after recent peace and confidence building efforts.

He said, “The governor feels highly disturbed that after he had sent
delegation on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday to interface with
the different communities in the area, a clash could occur so soon
thereafter.”

He assured residents of the government’s resolve to restore peace to the affected areas and protect the lives of every citizen.

Bindow applauded the gallantry of the police in confronting the
attackers and urged them not to relent until normalcy was fully
restored.

Laah alleged that two persons were killed while another two men, who he
identified as Ephraim Ezekiel(19) and Joshua Ladi (41),  were declared
missing after the Kaduna attack.

Laah said, “Today, as we observed the National Mourning Day ordered by
the Christian Association of Nigeria over the unabated killings of law
abiding citizens of Nigeria in Southern Kaduna, and the forceful taking
over of their land,  I wish to sadly inform you again, that two persons
were killed yesterday (on Saturday) by the same marauding Fulani
terrorists.

“I have been reliably informed that after the terrorists retreated to
their well known camp behind Pasakori community at the foot of Kagoro
mountain, a few kilometres away, two other persons have also been
declared missing.”