The Taraba state police command on Saturday through its Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP David Misal, said it had arrested four persons in connection with the recent killings in Lau Local Government Area of the state.
The Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP David Misal, who disclosed this in a statement in Jalingo, confirmed the killing of 17 persons in the attack and several houses burnt by the bandits.
He described as untrue some media reports that said 42 and 73 persons respectively were killed in some communities in Lau local government area of the state.
The command however confirmed that 17 persons were killed in the attack while several houses were burnt by the invaders, adding that four suspects have been arrested.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Jalingo on Saturday by Taraba state police command and signed by the spokesperson, ASP David Misal.
The statement in part reads:
“The attention of the Nigeria Police, Taraba State Command has been drawn to reports emanating from some Television houses and Newspapers captioned “SUSPECTED HERDSMEN KILL 42 SACK 12 TARABA VILLAGES” AND “ 73 DEAD, 50 VILLAGES BURNT IN CLASHES BETWEEN HAUSA-FULANI AND YANGDAM COMMUNITIES”.
“The Command wish to state categorically that these publications are not true reflection of the situation on ground.
“It is on record that on the 05/07/18, Mayo-lope town and surrounding villages came under attack by criminal elements who came from Adamawa border communities mainly Youth of the Yangdam and Mumuye under the disguise that some criminal bandits of Fulani extraction who attacked them were being harbored at Mayo-Lope.ADVERTISEMENT
“The attack on some Fulanis in Mayo-Lope led to killing of two persons and setting ablaze of some houses which consequently led to reprisal attacks on soft targets (villages) belonging to the people of Yangdam, Mumuye, Yotti, and Fulani located in some remotes parts of the area of Mayo-Lope and Abbare.
“These reprisal attacks resulted into the killing of fifteen (15) persons bringing the death toll to 17 with several thatched huts/houses burnt while some herds of cattle were also killed.
“While the gentle men of the press are encouraged to do their job, there is the need to cross check their information before going to the press.”
According to the statement,
“15 corpse were recovered by the police and other security agencies deployed to the area while four suspects of both Fulani, Mumuye and Yangdam extractions have been arrested”, adding that “one pump action riffle, dane guns, bows and arrows and cutlasses were recovered from them as exhibits.”
The command stated that 15 patrol teams comprising of over one hundred personnel and another fifty mobile force operatives have been mobilized to the troubled zone to restore peace and normalcy.Do you ever witness news, videos, articles, or photos that you believe it's good and rich for our blog?, or do you have a true life story that you would want us to feature on our blog; Adamawa Celebrities News? Kindly submit your stories, pictures, and videos to us now via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or WhatsApp: 08051600130Connect on Social Media: @adamawacelebrities