NEWS : Herdsmen slay four policemen, 32 villagers

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Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herders have allegedly killed 32 Tiv villagers at various locations across the southern senatorial district of Nasarawa State. The coordinated attacks reportedly took place on Saturday and Sunday.

The Punch learnt that the attacks were carried out simultaneously in Awe, Keana, Obi and Doma local government areas of the state, leaving 19 others with varying degrees of injury.

Confirming the incident in a telephone interview, the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Gabriel Akaaka, said the gunmen invaded his house and set it ablaze.

He said, “It is true the gunmen believed to be Fulani herders raided my house this morning and set it ablaze.

“The Tiv villagers are stranded. I have just spoken to the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Bello, to deploy his security personnel and security operatives in the state to the area in order to rescue the villagers.”

Some Punch Correspondent , who went round some of the affected areas reports that about 15,000 fleeing Tiv villagers were stranded on the streets of Lafia, the state capital, while over 100,000 were taking refuge in different Internally Displaced Persons camps at Agwatashi, Aloshi, Awe, Adudu, Obi, Keana, Doma, Agyaragu, among other locations.

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