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In Taraba 44 killed as herdsmen launch fresh attacks on villages

Report said 20 persons were killed in Angai village, nine in Maisuma, eight in Dorei and seven in Fali.

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No fewer than 44 people have been killed in Taraba State in a series of attacks carried out by herdsmen in Gassaka and Bali local government areas of the state, The Cable reports.

The senior special assistant to the governor on media and publicity, Sylvanus Giwa, the killings in a statement on Tuesday, April 12.

According to the statement, 20 persons were killed in Angai village, nine in Maisuma, eight in Dorei and seven in Fali.

The armed herdsmen were said to have unleashed terror on the villages after they were prevented from raping a lady in one of the communities.

“The government is concerned that the current killings will be a major setback to Gov. Darius Ishaku’s efforts to resettle the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state,” the statement read.

“Gov Ishaku has therefore, vowed to eliminate any form of insurgency by evil agents under any guise across the state.”

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However, the state commissioner of police, Shaba Alkali, said 60 mobile policemen from Yola, Adamawa state capital have been deployed to the state upon the approval of the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase.

He said one Ardo Ayuba has been arrested in connection with the latest attacks while others who are on the run are being trailed.

Alkali added that the command has discovered 15 dead bodies from the affected communities.

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