Fulani Herdsmen: About 50 Killed in Fresh Attacks at Adamawa

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Fulani Herdsmen: About 50 Killed in Fresh Attacks at Adamawa

About 50 persons have been reportedly killed in fresh attacks in Adamawa state. The attack which was reportedly carried out by armed fulani herdsmen took place in Gojefa, Bujum Yashi, Bujum Waya, Sabon layi and Bujum Kasuwa, all vilages in Numan Local Government Area of the state.

The attack also affected the following communities in Taraba state: Anguwan Bishop Yotti, Todung, Budon, Bunzum and Bamga Dutse. According to reports, the attacks took place on Monday night.

One of the residents of Sabon Layi who managed to escape narrated their ordeal. He said “The people who attacked us are Fulani. They came when we were in the market because it’s market day. They suddenly entered our village and started shooting. We ran and crossed over the river; they followed us and kept on shooting. Right now, as I am talking, they are in our village, grazing in our farms.”

He continued by saying “The people I know that were killed are about 13 but many of our villagers are still unaccounted for.”

According to Gerald Na’allah, who is a leader in one of the communities, the attacks were now a constant happening. He said “It usually starts as a rumour and we report it to the appropriate authorities and it eventually happens that they come in and attack and kill and loot. People have stopped going to the farm. No one is farming again.”

Speaking on this latest attack, Sodomti Tayedi, the representative of Numan in the Adamawa State House of Assembly condemned the attacks and noted that they think about 30 persons had been killed in this recent attack.

She added that as the residents could no longer go to their farms for fear of the attacks, they were now faced with starvation and poverty.

She said “Our people are farmers and grazers but my community is now living in fear since these attacks started in November last year and has persisted up till date.

“We are hopeless and helpless; economic activities have stopped. This is farming season and if we cannot go to farms, then poverty and starvation is what is left.

“We are calling on government, as matter of urgency, to come and secure our people and constituency. Since no one is allowed to take up arms, then it is the responsibility of the government to protect the people.”

Source: SunNews

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