- Unknown gunmen have reportedly killed five people in Taraba state
- Anti-riot policemen drafted to maintain peace in the area are said to have prevented the attackers from razing down the entire village
- Three people are also reportedly missing in the state
Five persons have been reportedly killed by unknown gunmen at Sabon Gida in Donga local government area of Taraba state
Nashuka Ipeyen, the chairman of the local government area, who confirmed the killings said four persons were killed at Sabon Gida while an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) was also killed at Tunari village.
Three other IDPs who had gone to their abandoned homes to pack their valuables and food items are reportedly missing, This day reports.
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Going further, the chairman told journalists that it took the gallantry of the anti-riot policemen drafted to maintain peace in the area to prevent the attackers from razing down the entire Sabon Gida village.
He, however, appealed to the people of the local government to avoid going into the hinterlands until the security situation in the area improves and normalcy returns.
In a related development, the traditional ruler of Gashaka in Gashaka local government area of Taraba, Alhaji Zubairu Hammangabdo, has called on Defence Headquarters to empower soldiers of 20 Mechanised Battalion in Serti with facilities and trained personnel to improve surveillance to rid the area of criminal elements.
Hammangabdo, who is the Lamdo of Gashaka, made the appeal on Sunday when he received military fact finding team set up by Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai to investigate an allegation by former defence minister, Retired Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma.
NAIJ.com had also reported that the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris ordered for the deployment of a surveillance aircraft to Taraba in order to improve the security situation in the state.
IGP Idris made this known when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Dairus Ishaku of Taraba state at the Government House, Jalingo on Monday, April 9.
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He said his order was due to the governor's request for additional men and materials to curb the upsurge of killings in the state, when they met few weeks back.
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