Five killed as Fulani herdsmen attack Tiv-dominated area in Taraba

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Mar 10th, 2014

No fewer than five persons were reportedly killed and several houses razed in Gishiri Hassan village, Sariki Kudu district of Ibi Local Government area, Taraba State by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen during the weekend.

Gishiri Hassan is said to be mainly occupied by people from the Tiv ethnic group of Benue State.

A resident of the village, James Iyorkia told newsmen at Ibi that the armed men numbering over 30 invaded the village and other surrounding villages at about 9:30pm and engaged in shooting and burning houses.

Iyorkia who said he escaped with his family to Ibi town further said three persons were killed by the gunmen at Wurusu village, while two others were killed at Kiorkende village and several others sustained various degrees of injury.

Reacting to the attack, the chairman of Ibi local government, Alhaji Ishaka Adamu told journalists that the invaders were identified to be Fulani headsmen who escaped from Benue as a result of the crisis between the Tiv and Fulani in that area.

The Divisional police officer of Ibi, DSP Izikiel Imoh said the situation had since been brought under control.

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