How Our Relatives Were Killed By Herdsmen Who Attacked Us

In line with the Information Company of Nigeria, a resident of Numan-Chuko in Akwanga Native Authorities Space of Nasarawa State, Maiwuya Bahago, on Monday narrated how she misplaced a pregnant daughter and three different youngsters to suspected herdsmen assault.


Ms Bahago mentioned the unlucky incident occurred on Sunday when her youngsters had been attending a naming ceremony within the neighbourhood.


In line with her, at about 9 p.m., some individuals suspected to be herdsmen invaded the neighborhood, capturing sporadically.


She mentioned, “4 of my youngsters had been killed by herdsmen yesterday. One was pregnant, one other one was a mom of three and two others had been single.

“They came for the naming ceremony and that was how they met their demise”.


Bahago known as for help from the federal government and well-meaning Nigerians to cater for the kids left behind by the deceased.


“How do I handle these youngsters they left behind. I wouldn’t have anybody to assist me deliver them.

“I need prayers and help from well-meaning Nigerians,” she mentioned.


In the identical vein, some survivors who had been receiving therapy on the Akwanga Common Hospital narrated their ordeal.


One Maikasuwa Ngila, a younger man, who sustained accidents on the leg, mentioned he was shot at whereas attempting to flee from the scene.


“I attended the naming ceremony within the city yesterday night and the following factor we noticed was an assault on us.

“We ran on the lookout for a protected place to cover however earlier than I knew what was occurring, I used to be shot within the leg.

“I saw the attackers. They were herdsmen,” he mentioned


One other survivor, an aged man, who sustained bullet wounds within the face, Ayuba Maikano, mentioned it was an unlucky incident.

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He mentioned he was hit when he stood as much as depart the venue of the naming ceremony.


Mr Maikano mentioned, “I used to be on the naming ceremony. I stood as much as depart as a result of it was getting late and the following factor I heard had been sporadic gunshots.

“I was hit by a bullet in the face. I did not see the faces of the persons that carried out the attack but bullets were flying everywhere. It happened between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday night.”


The Medical Director of Akwanga Common Hospital, Gonji Thomas, instructed journalists that 15 individuals had been dropped at the hospital useless whereas some individuals sustained completely different levels of harm.


He mentioned: ”15 corpses had been introduced in right here whereas 4 individuals had been introduced in with bullet accidents and had been positioned on admission.

“The household of one of many victims took his corpse for burial. So now we have 14 left corpses within the mortuary.

“Some of the victims came as outpatients. So, in all, we have treated eight injured persons.”


Reacting to the incident, the Paramount Ruler, Chum-Mada Akwanga, Samson Yare, urged the federal authorities to equip the safety brokers with correct info devices for correct surveillance.


He mentioned, ” these attackers don’t stay within the moon. If we will spend sources to hint strong minerals underneath the bottom, it shouldn’t be a troublesome factor to hint the place they stay.

“I plead for pressing measures to be taken to forestall a repeat of this incident.

“It’s fairly unlucky and unusual as a result of now we have by no means had any type of conflict on this group.

“We have been living harmoniously for a long time,” he famous.

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The paramount ruler urged the individuals to stay calm, saying safety operatives had commenced an investigation into the matter.


He identified that “from on the spot evaluation I carried out when the incident occurred, they mentioned their attackers interacted with them earlier than they abruptly resulted to sporadic capturing.

“There are witnesses who can determine a number of the attackers.

“This thing happened in the night and the terrain was not so accessible and before we could inform the police, the damage had been done.”


Commiserating with victims, Senator Philip Gyunka (PDP-Nasarawa) urged the individuals to stay calm whereas an investigation was carried out by related authorities.


He known as for reduction supplies for victims to cushion the impact of the assaults.


Confirming the incident, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Nasarawa State Police Command, Inusa Mohammed mentioned, “It’s fairly unlucky what occurred.


“Nonetheless, attempting to shift the blame on the safety company is one other unlucky one.

“Really, police want info to work. If info just isn’t handed to the Police, there isn’t a how we are going to know.

“As an illustration, the wee hour it occurred and the situation it occurred is way from the police.

“So, we only got to know when it had happened.”


He assured residents that investigation had commenced into the matter.

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Updated: April 16, 2019 — 12:19 pm