Posted By: JUSTIN TYOPUUSU
Internally displaced persons, IDPs, in Taraba State yesterday called on President Mohammadu Buhari, to stop incessant Fulani herdsmen attacks on farmers in the state.
The call came on the heels of recent Fulani herdsmen attack in Dan-Anacha, Gassol Local Government Area of the state where one person was killed and two others injured while working in their farm in the area.
Mr. Iorumbur David whose two sons; Tertsea Iorumbur and Theophilus Iorumbur were among the injured in the attack told National Mirror that the herdsmen killed one person on a nearby farm before attacking his sons who were harvesting beans.
“They were on the farm harvesting when suddenly the herdsmen came with their cattle and started eating up the farm.
“My sons ran to Dan-Anacha and informed the police who accompanied them to the farm. But on arrival the herdsmen who were well armed with AK47 removed their cutlasses and cut them down, while the police fled the scene,” he said.
Iorumbur who spoke on behalf of the displaced farmers in Gassol said they returned to their places late August this year after they were chased away by the same Fulani herdsmen and managed to plant what they can eat, but today all their farms have become grazing fields for the Fulani herdsmen.
He lamented that since the tribunal judgment that nullified Ishaku’s election, the herdsmen have intensified attacks on IDP returnees in the area, killing at least six people and destroyed farms worth millions of naira.
When contacted, Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Joseph Kwaji, confirmed the attack, but said no life was lost.
“They were actually attacked on their farm, but the police quickly moved in and rescue them alive. They are now receiving treatment at a private hospital in Dan-Anacha,” he said.
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