Taraba Catholic seminary evacuated after suspected herdsmen attack

Taraba Catholic seminary evacuated after suspected herdsmen attack

- The Nigerian police has evacuated an all-boys Catholic seminary following an invasion by suspected herdsmen

- The Taraba state police commissioner, David Akinremi, said that the attack occurred in Jalingo, at about 12:30am on Monday, May 28

Following an invasion by suspected herdsmen in an all-boys Catholic seminary in Taraba state, the Nigerian police has evacuated the premises.

According to Premium Times, the Taraba police commissioner, David Akinremi, on Monday afternoon, May 28, said that the attack occurred in Jalingo, the state capital, at about 12:30am.

Akinremi blamed suspected herdsmen who had previously had a dispute with the management of the seminary over their grazing activities in and around the premises.

The police commissioner also noted that Cornelius Pobah, a Catholic priest, was rushed to the hospital after a bullet hit him in the leg.

It was learnt that the gunmen specifically requested to see the priest when they stormed the seminary at midnight.

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Akinremi explained that all students have been evacuated from the school and all threats have also been neutralised, adding that No one was killed in the attack.

Shortly after the incident was reported through a distress call, police officers and soldiers arrived at the seminary and immediately combed the area. No suspect was arrested, but Akinremi said detectives are already on an elaborate manhunt for those responsible for the attack.

He said: “Some shepherds had been coming to the premises to graze their cattle and the priest had challenged them about that in the past. We confirmed that the attackers were speaking Fulani and a little bit of pidgin English.”

“Our men had evacuated the students from the school and fortified the area to ensure that no remnants of the gunmen remained,” the police chief said. “After which we will return the students back to the school.”

The official said the gunmen fled the scene as security officers approached.

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NAIJ.com previously reported that there was pandemonium in a minor seminary in Jalingo, Taraba state on Monday, May 28, when two Catholic priests were reportedly beaten, one shot in the leg by some gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

The Punch reports that some students were also injured and while many cars were also destroyed in the attack.

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