Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Monday invaded some communities in the southern Christian part of Nasarawa State killing 45 farmers in Awe and Obi Local government areas of the state.
The killing was alleged to be in connection with a corpse of a Fulani herder who was discovered at the spot which was alleged to have been killed by the local farmers
According to an eyewitness, Mr. Silas Verlumun, who spoke with journalists that upon the discovery of the corps, the said group of people started killing last Saturday night which they launched attacked on Chabo, Daah and Ugba communities all in Awe local government area.
According to him,” On Sunday morning they saw a team of military men in two Hilux van as the community relaxed that normalcy has to restore suddenly we discovered the killers took over Tse Udugh and other neighbouring communities killing more than 45 corpses.
“All residents from that axis have deserted for their lives. I am appealing to the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Alhaji Sule, to come to our aide.
Reacting to the development Nasarawa State Police Command has confirmed 7 persons were killed in connection to the attack.
In a press statement signed by PPRO Ramhan Nansel and made available to newsmen in Lafia the state capital, the Nasarawa State Commissioner of police Adesina Soyime, said the investigation is ongoing to unravel the perpetrators.
The statement mentioned the following names as casualties: Sani Dauda, Danjuma Liambee, Uloho Jerry, Shedrack Kente, Boniface John, Tersoo Clement, Gwanje Soja and Ayuba Ali were attacked and killed; their corpse was recovered and taken to the hospital by the Police.
According to the statement “In view of the foregoing, the Commissioner of Police, CP Adesina Soyemi has moved to the scene of the incidents, contacted and held meetings with critical stakeholders in the various communities and urged them to suspend further hostilities and live in peace.
He also assured them that a comprehensive investigation is ongoing, as the perpetrators of the act will not go unpunished.
He further explained that a joint team of the Nigeria Police Force and the Military has been mobilised to the affected areas with a view to restoring peace and possible arrest of the perpetrators of the dastardly act.