By Duncan Ducas
Terror has been unleashed on innocent peace-loving people in some communities in Gashaka Local Government, located in Taraba’s Central zone by unknown gunmen, suspected to be insurgent Fulani herdsmen in their numbers on Monday.
This has left over 44 persons dead, 5 injured, 6 missing and over 100 displaced women and children.
The attack started with the case of rape by the armed bandits which the lady resisted, leading to unleashing of mayhem on entire Taraba rural communities.
This is coming at the wake of proactive security measures by the Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku to curtail the influx of suspicious persons from many Northern States who have suddenly embarked on massive migration to rural parts of Taraba State.
Taraba rural communities has witnessed a number of civil disturbances occasioned by attacks on farmers by Fulani herders, causing many families to flee their homes prompting strict measures by security agents.
The recent killings will certainly be a major setback to current effort by the government to resettle IDPs to their homes and to their normal activities.
The affected communities are Domi where 8 people were reported dead and 6 children missing. Angai where over 20 people were reported killed and 5 injured. Others are Maisuma where 9 people were reported to have been shot and killed and Fali where 7 people were reported killed.
The attack has displaced over 100 women and children who are taking refuge in Mayo-selbe, Kungana and Garbabi.
It will be recalled that in February, based on security reports, some traditional rulers were suspended by Governor Darius Ishaku for actions capable of breaching peace in their communities such as selling off lands belonging to IDPs to migrants.
This violent attack again is a further proof of an agenda to rob Tarabans of the peace they have enjoyed among States in the North-East. The Government, by virtue of its proactive approach will certainly take stiff measures to nib the activities of insurgents in the bud.