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Gunmen attack IDP returnees in Taraba

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Gunmen on Friday attacked the camp of the Internal Displaced Persons in Wukari Local Council of Taraba State affecting the returnees identified to be of Tiv origin.

While narrating the incident, some of the victims of the attack claimed that they were mending their destroyed houses and laying bricks when the invaders attacked their abode.

Victim

The invaders, according to one of the victims who gave his name as Tarnege John, were not only armed but also shooting sporadically at the fleeing residents.

He said, “some of our brothers ran into the bushes for safety and those who decided to stay behind were not spared.

“Some of us who decided to stay so that we would find out what brought about the unfortunate and ugly situation were heavily descended on with machetes and three of us were left in our own pool of blood.”

“When they discovered that we were unconscious, they carted away our Peugeot and three motorcycles and went ahead to burn all our belongings without any interference.”

The victims who expressed sadness at the alleged lukewarm attitudes of both the local and state governments towards displaced Tiv persons in the state called on the Federal Government to urgently come to their rescue.

They also urged the authorities at all levels to take proactive steps to prevent any form of crisis from resurfacing in the council and the state as a whole.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations for the Command, Usman Abdullahi, he has not yet been properly briefed on the incident.

“We promise to get in touch with the Divisional Police Officer of the council to find out about the incident,” he added.

 

Source: Punch

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