The Taraba State government on Wednesday confirmed the killing of a family of four in a night attack on Mbiya Village on the outskirt of Takum, in Takum local government area of the state.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan Abu.
According to the statement, a family of four was wiped out in the early hours of Wednesday at Mbiya village in Takum Local Government Area of the State.
The statement said Mr. Sunday Sabo, his wife and two children were killed in a yet another surprise attack by Fulani herdsmen who came at about 1:00am armed with AK47 rifles and other advanced weapons.
“The attack is the latest in the wave of herdsmen killing of innocent people that has claimed many lives in the state.
“The deceased were asleep at the time the attackers arrived in their numbers. Sources said they were more than 20, all of them armed with guns and cutlasses,” the statement added.
On his part, the Executive Chairman of Takum local government Hon. Shiban Tikare who confirmed the killings said a baby mysterious survived the attack adding that the attackers stormed the village around 1:00am on Wednesday and slaughtered the four family members who were deep asleep.
“We heard gunshots around 1:00am along Takum -Ussa road and while we were making efforts to mobilise police men to the area, we heard sporadic gunshots at Mbiya Central, a community just at the outskirt of the town.
“By the time we got there, a man, his wife and two children have been hacked to death.
“A baby mysteriously survived the attack. The attackers whom we suspect to be Fulani herdsmen also attacked Basam, a village close to Rtd. Gen. TY Danjuma’s farm and set the village ablaze,” he said.
Shiban lamented that the killings were going on in the area despite the extension of Exercise Ayem Akpatuma (Cat Race) by the federal government.
According to him, instead of combing the villages to flush out the attackers, the army were busy brutalising his people in the town, adding that his people were disappointed with the exercise whom he said was not yielding the desired results.
Police Public Relations Officer, ASP. David Misal confirmed the attack in Takum, but said casualty figures were still not clear.
Takum is the home town of Rtd. Gen. TY Danjuma and Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State.
Danjuma had recently alleged that the Armed Forces were colluding with bandits to kill Nigerians, and urged Nigerians to rise up and defend themselves.