A tragedy occurred in Taraba State as four members of a family were killed on Wednesday in Taraba state by herdsmen. A 9-month old toddler, however, survived the attack by the herdsmen.
An eye-witness said, in the person of Police Commissioner, David Akinremi, who confirmed the attack and killings, said, the incident, happened in Bikka village of Takum local government area, the home of Governor Darius Ishaku and Ex-Defence Minister Theophilus Danjuma.
The killing occurred 11 days after Danjuma has indicted the armed forces of “colluding” with the herdsmen killers, asking Nigerians to arm themselves so that they can balance the terror, otherwise they will all die one at a time.
According to The Nation Newspaper, the photos of those killed -a Kuteb-Jukun man and his lovely wife with two of their children, which went viral online, looked gory, with several machete cuts.
The Taraba police commissioner tagged the killers as “unknown gunmen.”
“There is no confirmation yet, as to who they (the killers) are, and their motive.
“But no item seen to be stolen,” he told The Nation, adding that the killers struck at 1:00am.
Hon. Shiban Tikare, the Chairman of Takum local government council, had also confirmed the killing of the four members of a family in a night attack by the herdsmen.
Shiban revealed that a nine-month-old baby, however, “mysterious” survived the attack.
“The attackers invaded the village at night and slaughtered four members of a family who were deep asleep.
“We heard gunshots around 1:00 am along Takum -Ussa road. While we were making efforts to mobilise policemen to the area, we heard sporadic gunshots at Mbikka Central, a community just at the outskirt of the town.
“By the time we got there, four people were slaughtered like chickens – a man, his wife and two children.
“A baby mysteriously survived the attack. The attackers whom we suspect to be Fulani herdsmen also attacked Basam, a village close to Rtd. Gen. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma’s farmhouse, setting the entire village ablaze,” he said.
Shiban voiced out that the killings by the herdsmen were going on in the area, despite the extension of Exercise Ayem A Kpatuma (Cat Race) by the FG.
According to him, instead of going into the villages to pursue the attackers, the army was busy brutalizing his people in the town. He also adds that his people were disappointed with the exercise whom he said was not bringing a good result.
Police spokesman, David Misal, an ASP, said the casualty figure was still not clear,
“but four bodies were recovered.”
Misal said the Divisional Police Officer in Takum and some troops were drafted to the area.