Adamawa Boils, As Fulani Herdsmen Goes On Rampage, Burn Villages, Kill District Heads

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Police in Adamawa State, Monday confirmed another violent attack has erupted between herdsmen and farmers in Bachama community of Numan, an attack which led to the killing of two district heads.

The attackers, according to eyewitnesses, burnt down villages in their ways and attacked residents scampering to safety.

Speaking today over the fresh attack, the spokesperson of the Police in the State Othman Abubakar stated that the crisis started in Dong in Demsa local government, due to what he termed “misunderstanding” among Farmers and Fulani herdsmen.

“For now more security were deployed including soldiers and they are on the top of the situation.

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“I can’t confirm if it’s reprisal, but there was a dispute,” he said.

A fleeing Bachama tribesman Gregon Daniel whose house was burnt in Dong said “rampaging herdsmen have sacked our villages of Lawaru and Dong in Demsa Local Government.

“They stormed the two villages a few hours ago killing and setting houses ablaze.

“Fighting is presently going on as many villagers including women and children are scampering to nearby bushes for safety,” said he.

The attackers, according to eyewitnesses, burnt down villages in their ways and attacked residents scampering to safety.

Meanwhile, the fleeing residents have told according to Daily Trust that the attack started at about 5 o clock in the morning as gunmen invaded Lawaru and Dong, shooting at anyone at sight before marching toward Kiken in Numan.

A Bachama man interviewed by our reporter on the telephone said the attackers had burnt down three villages and killed several persons.

“They burnt doown Lawuro and Dong and are currently in Kikan, the attack started in the morning but up to this moment, there is no security personnel in the villages‎.

The Police spokesman in Adamawa, SP Othman Abubakar confirmed the attack, saying casualties figure had not been ascertained.

He added that mobile policemen and soldiers deployed ‎to the area had restored normalcy in the affected villages.

He denied reports that Numan-Gomber road had been blocked while travelers were turned away by policemen.

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Adamawa State Government, Umar Bindir and Commissioner of Information, Ahmad Sajoh who spoke at a press conference on Monday said the situation was under control as security were mobilized to halt the attacks.

“I can’t say the number of casualties for now as security is still there to chase out the attackers”, Sajoh stated.

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