By Ajibola Abayomi,
April 23, 2018.
The chairman of Wukari Local Government Area in Taraba state, Daniel Adi, over the weekend revealed that some suspected ‘killer’ herdsmen are camping in a community in Nasarwa state.
He said intelligent information available to him indicated that the herdsmen allegedly attacking communities in Taraba state were camping in Tungwa village in Nasarawa.
Speaking with journalists at the Aku Uka’s palace, Adi said his information was collaborated by the commanding officer of the 93 Battalion, Ada Barrack Takum, Lieutenant colonel Ibrahim Gambari.
Adi said the commanding officer had told him that the mastermind of Jandeikyula attack where over 32 people were massacred, Usman Abdulhaman, had confessed that they were camping in Tungwa.
“The commanding officer told me that Abdulhaman Musa, the mastermind of Jandeikyula attack who was arrested by his men in Chinkai had confessed that some of them came from Maiduguri and Bauchi and have converged in Tungwa in Nassarawa State before planning the attack,” Adi said.
He said he had directed the soldiers deployed to the area to monitor the route of the attackers who are camping in Tungwa in Nassarawa state.
“They have link in Tungwa through Gishiri Hassan to Chinkai and that is the route they have used in the three attacks they launched at Gbeji and Jandeikyula between February and April 11.
“In the last attack, I got information that they left Tungwa to Gishiri Hassan in Ibi local government where they planned the bloody attack on Jandeikyula,” he said.
He added that he has also called the Sarkin Fulani of Wukari, the Ardos and the Wakilis and issued a strong warning that whenever there was an attack anywhere in the local government he would hold them responsible.
He alleged that some of the leaders in the area were said to have been harbouring the attackers.
“I have asked them to release the attackers to go if they are harbouring them as alleged. They should leave us alone, enough is enough. We cannot afford to be losing people on a daily basis to these attacks.
“Why should you come to graze on people’s land and be killing people and making them refugees in their own land?” he asked.
The gunmen were said to have killed 16 people in Bassa local government area of the state while many houses including that of the late Madaki were burnt down.
A traditional leader in one of the communities said the attackers stormed the area in the early hours of Sunday, April 22, and the killing spread to other villages by noon.