Tension gripped residents of Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State when some suspected Ambazonian soldiers from the Republic of Cameroon invaded the community.
According to Channels Television, 11 persons including a traditional ruler were killed in the incident that happened in the early hours of Wednesday at Manga village.
Takum Local Government Area is a border community between Taraba State and the Republic of Cameroon.
Joseph Manga, the brother of the killed Traditional Ruler and the Senior Special Assistant to the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone conversation.
Manga revealed that the Ambazonian soldiers first attacked the border community in Cameroon Republic before crossing over to Nigeria to unleash mayhem.
“The Ambazonian separatist soldiers attacked my village Manga which is a border community between Taraba State and Republic of Cameroon in Takum LGA.”
“They, first of all, attacked a village on the other side of the divide and killed people before crossing over to do the same here.
“My elder brother is the traditional ruler there; they laid ambush and killed him in his palace before proceeding to kill others.
“The death toll at the moment is 11 including my brother the traditional ruler, we are still combing the bush to recover more bodies or possibly those hiding.”
It was reported that other residents of the community are still missing as they are suspected to have fled to other communities for safety.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Local Government Area, Shiban Tikari stated that as at when he visited the scene of the incident in the early hours of today after receiving the distress call, only five dead bodies were recovered.
He said, “I can confirm to you that we have so far recovered 5 bodies from the scene and others are still being sought for in nearby bush.
“My team alongside the military visited to restore normalcy and ensure that such thing does not repeat itself.
“For now we do not know those that came to attack but news filtered in saying that they are Ambazonian separatist soldiers from the Republic of Cameroon.”
Buhari Vows To Deal With Bandits Effectively, Condemns Killing Of 15 People In Sokoto
President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly condemned the killings of 15 persons in Goronyo and Illela Local Councils of Sokoto State.
The President addressed the incident from South Africa through his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
President Buhari said, “This persistent and unprovoked violence against unarmed civilians must be met with fierce response by the government.”
The President expressed the resolve of his administration to tackle the unwholesome activities caused by bandits across the country. He assured Nigerians that they will not be abandoned to their fate in the face of insecurity.
He added, “Let me, once again, reassure Nigerians that this administration will not abandon them to their fate in the face of this existential challenge caused by banditry. We are taking delivery of military equipment to improve the capacity of our security forces to effectively deal with this issue.”
In addition, the Nigerian Senate has expressed grief over the death of Gen Dzarma Zirkusu and four soldiers recently murdered by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists during a raid by the military in Askira-Uba Local Council of Borno State.
Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), under Order 43 of the Senate Rules, urged his fellow legislators on the floor of the red chamber to pay their respect to the slain soldiers in their fight against terrorism in North-East region of Nigeria.
Bandits Have Killed Over 100 Security Men In Benue – Ortom
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that bandits have killed over 100 security operatives across the state over the last couple of years.
Governor Ortom stated this at a media briefing in Abuja on Monday. The Governor explained that patriotism drives his consistent desire to bring to light atrocities being committed by foreign herdsmen whom he accused of trying to take over the country.
The Governor said, “…Security agencies in Benue state, more than 100 of them. DSS, Police, Army, and civil defence, more than 100 of them have been killed in Benue state, in course of their trying to keep peace, restore peace in our country. So, this is a challenge.”
Governor Ortom stressed that every Nigerian is burdened with the duty to protect Nigeria, its next generation and its territorial integrity at all times, regardless of their socio-political leanings.
The Benue State Governor explained that it would be hypocritical for anyone to say all is well with the country. Ortom stressed that President Buhari means well for Nigeria but that a cabal has hijacked his presidency.