Communities in Takum in Taraba State have once again come under attack from alleged Fulani herdsmen since yesterday Tuesday, even as attacks have been said to intensify today Wednesday.
The attacks came on the heels of the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to Taraba Monday, on a one day visit over the prolonged Fulani herdsmen/Farmers crisis in the State and the Mambilla Plateau crises where scores of people were killed and properties destroyed.
As at the time of writing this report, two corpses were said to have been discovered even as attacks continue in adjoining communities of Takum and Ussa LGAs.
A security personnel based in Takum who pleaded anonimity, confirmed to The Authority that attacks were ongoing and that local vigilantes stationed at checkpoints to defend their communities have deserted their posts for fear of the assailants.
Takum is home to Governor Darius Ishaku and former chief of Army staff, General TY Danjuma. The Battalion of the Nigerian Army is also domiciled there but the town had in recent times been a security flashpoint in the State where armed robbery, assassinations, kidnappings and communal clashes were the order of the day.
The Police in Taraba have confirmed the incident but said they are still waiting for details from the crises area. Speaking to The Authority, the PPRO, David Misal, said there were reports of attacks in a particular community. “I am waiting for more information from the DPO”, he stated.
Meanwhile, there have been widespread criticism of the activities of security personnel under the “Operation cat race”, whom the residents complained were acting outside their mandate by looting their homes and carting their valuables when they were only mandated to search for arms alone.