Fulani herdsmen on Sunday night attacked and killed three people while many were abducted by the attackers in Bali town, the headquarters of Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Several sources in Bali told our correspondent on phone that the assailants on motorbikes attacked and killed a Taraba Marshall staff at a checkpoint near the General Hospital before heading to individual houses to kill and kidnap people
Central Tiv leader and Chief of Tiv in Bali, Zaki David Gbaa (Ter Tiv Bali II) told our correspondent that two of his subjects were killed and dozens, mostly women, were kidnapped in the attack.
“The attackers invaded the city around 11:00 p.m. Two of my subjects were killed in the attack, and two others who were seriously injured are receiving treatment in hospital.
“Many people, especially women, were kidnapped. It is a terrible situation and I want to request the government and security agencies to sit down and ensure the protection of life and property of citizens.
“For more than four hours, the bandits kept the village firing sporadically and there was no response from the security agencies. People are losing hope in the government’s ability to protect them and I believe the bandits are nothing but our security agencies,” he said.
This is even as the traditional ruler called on the government to support the injured receiving treatment in hospitals.
The attack came barely three days after bandits blocked the Mutum-Biyu-Garba Chede road, killing a driver and abducting passengers in the neighboring Gassol Local Government Area of the state.
Efforts to get the police to react to the attack failed as the Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Usman, did not answer calls made to his line.
But a police officer from the Taraba State Police Command told our correspondent that the PPRO was attending a security briefing.