Suspected Fulani herders have allegedly killed 32 Tiv villagers across the southern senatorial district of Nasarawa State in coordinated attacks that reportedly took place on Saturday and Sunday.
The attacks were said to have been carried out simultaneously in Awe, Keana, Obi and Doma local government areas of the state.
19 other villagers were left with varying degrees of injury.
The Nasarawa Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kennedy Idirisu, confirmed the attacks and said the command only learnt of the attack early on Monday.
He said, “There was an attack on Monday morning, but the command has yet to receive details as regards the number of people that lost their lives in the early hour attacks by unknown gunmen.”
The state Commissioner for Water Resources, Gabriel Akaaka, also confirmed the attacks in a telephone chat with the Punch. He added that the gunmen invaded his house and set it ablaze.
He said, “It is true the gunmen believed to be Fulani herders raided my house this morning and set it ablaze.
“The Tiv villagers are stranded. I have just spoken to the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Bello, to deploy his security personnel and security operatives in the state to the area in order to rescue the villagers.”
About 15,000 fleeing Tiv villagers from the affected areas were reportedly stranded on the streets of Lafia, the state capital, while over 100,000 were taking refuge in different Internally Displaced Persons camps at Agwatashi, Aloshi, Awe, Adudu, Obi, Keana, Doma, Agyaragu, among other locations, accodring to the Punch.
Recall that on Monday, the Benue State Police Command confirmed the death of four of its men, killed by suspected herdsmen.