26 dead as gunmen attack Adamawa and Kaduna villages


No fewer than 26 people have been reportedly killed as gunmen suspected to be herdsmen allegedly invaded communities in Adamawa and Kaduna states, also injuring scores, while many were declared missing. While 15 persons were confirmed killed during the attack on Kodomun village and other adjourning villages in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, 11 were slaughtered  in three villages around Godogo town, in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, 250km South of Kaduna town. Herdsmen At press time, yesterday, Vanguard gathered from locals at Kodomun village and other adjourning villages that the figure might be much higher as scores of others were still missing in the hinterland. It was learned that fighting is still raging in  remote parts of the communities as the suspected herdsmen operate from their hideouts at will and attack defenceless farmers. Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Mr. Martins Babale; the Brigade Commander of the 23rd Armored Brigade, Yola, Brigadier General Benson Akiroluyo, and Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ghazzali,  yesterday,  visited the area for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation. The trio had earlier visited the paramount ruler of Batta, Hamman Batta, Chief Alhamdu Teneke, to commiserate with him over the incidents. Speaking to newsmen at the palace of the Hamman Batta, the member representing Demsa Constituency in Adamawa State House of Assembly, Mr. Lumsan Dilli, disclosed that the causalty figures given by the villagers were higher than that. According to him, scores of other people have been declared missing and most of them are presumed dead. The lawmaker added that the migrating herdsmen continued to kill, maim and burn villages as they moved towards their destinations, disclosing that dead bodies unaccounted for were more than the ones recovered so far. Dilli called for serious security intervention to prevent the situation from degenerating to full blown war as the affected villagers are mobilizing for reprisal attack.

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