The Chairman of Takum Local Government in Taraba State, Shiban Tikare, on Wednesday confirmed the killing of four family members in a night attack on Mbiya central village on the outskirts of Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of the state.
Shiban, who said a nine-month-old baby survived the attack, noted that the attackers invaded the village around 2am on Wednesday and slaughtered the four family members who were deep asleep.
He said, “We heard gunshots around 1am along Takum-Ussa road and as we were making efforts to mobilise policemen to the area, we heard gunshots at Mbiya Central, a community just on the outskirts of the town.
“By the time we got there, four people had been 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 Gen. T.Y. Danjuma’s farm and set the whole village ablaze.”
Shiban lamented the killings in the area despite the deployment of the troops of the Exercise Ayem Akpatuma (Cat Race) in the area by the Federal Government.
According to him, instead of combing the villages to flush out the attackers, the soldiers allegedly brutalised his people.
He added that his people were disappointed with the exercise which he said was not yielding the desired results.
The Taraba State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP, David Misal, confirmed the attack, but said casualty figures were still not clear.
Also confirming the killings, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan-Abu, in a statement, said a family of four were 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 2am armed with AK47 rifles and other sophisticated weapons.
The statement said, “The attack is the latest in the wave of herdsmen killing of innocent people 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.”
Takum is the hometown of Danjuma and Governor Darius Ishaku.
Danjuma had recently alleged that the Armed Forces were colluding with bandits to kill Nigerians and urged Nigerians to rise up and defend themselves.