Armed soldiers and riot policemen have now taken over Coromo, Dan- Anacha and Mutum Biyu communities in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State where herdsmen reportedly killed 12 people including seven men, two women and children, and seriously wounded about 18 others seriously. Altogether, 13 houses were burnt.
Information about the attack was sketchy, but it was said that the Fulani herdsmen reportedly launched the attack Friday night, following a long standing land dispute over farm lands. The Fulani herdsmen reportedly stormed the three communities in the night and started attacking Tivs who had come back to farm on their lands. It was said that hundreds of the natives of the area had fled to other neighbouring villages while others ran to the Gassol B Police Divisional headquarters for their safety. As at the time of this report, Tiv people were fleeing the local government for fear of further attacks, despite the presence of armed security men. This is just as there was tension in the Fulani herdsmen settlements over fear of reprisal attack by the Tivs who live in both Benue and Taraba States. Efforts to reach the leader of the Tiv Community in the area, Joel Adaji was not successful as his mobile phone did not go through after several trials. Reliable sources at the police headquarters in Jalingo confirmed the incident, saying that armed soldiers and policemen were patrolling the affected communities to ensure orderliness.