Samson Osuo, Lafia.
Suspected Fulani herdsmen have killed 16 people, including a pregnant woman at Numa Village in Akwanga Local Government Council of Nasarawa State.
Chairman of the Local Government Council, Samuel Mashi, who disclosed this to Newsmen on Monday in Akwanga, headquarter of the Council, said the community was attacked by the Herdsmen at around 10:PM last Sunday.
The Chairman explained that preliminary reports reaching him indicated that the people were doing a naming ceremony when the Fulanis stormed the village and started shooting sporadically.
“They went and started shooting sporadically on a community where people were performing naming ceremony, Unfortunately 16 people were killed in cold blood for just no reason”.
The Council Chairman stated further that there was no problem in the area nor any security reports of problem that led to such ungodly killings of innocent law abiding villagers.
Similarly, the Traditional ruler of the area the Chun-Mada, Samson Gamu-Yare, described the attack as unfortunate and barbaric.
According to the royal father who is the Chairman, Council of Traditional rulers in the area, apart from the 16 people that were killed, many others were injured and are currently receiving treatment at various hospitals in the state.
While calling on the federal government to urgently fish out the perpetrators of the attack, the royal father appealed to the people of the affected community to remain law abiding even in the face of the unprovoked attack.
When contacted, Mohammed Akira, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), who confirmed the incident said already the Police authority in the state Command has mobilized its members to the area to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
It was gathered that dead bodies of those who were killed as a result of the attack have been deposited at the mortuary of the general Hospital in Akwanga.
Meanwhile, some aggrieved persons in Communities around Akwanga- Kudi road on Monday blocked the Akwanga- Keffi high way to protest the frequent killings of indigenes of their areas by Fulani Herdsmen.
The protesters who said they were tiered of loosing members of their communities as a result of Fulani attacks, called on government to urgently do something to stop the problem.
It would be recalled that suspected herdsmen some time in March 2019, attacked and killed some people at Merte and Nandem communities of the same Council Area.