Suspected herdsmen have killed no fewer than seven persons, burnt houses in a midnight attack at Kadarko community in Keana Local Council of Nasarawa State.
According to an eyewitness account, the attackers invaded the settlement at 1:00 a.m., shooting sporadically. While the operation lasted, several homes were razed..
He said: “When they came, our dogs started barking. But in the course of escape, seven people, including a woman, were butchered.”
Kadarko is a border town located in Giza Development Area where over 15,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are currently accommodated.
During a visit to the scene, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura vowed that the perpetrators would be brought to book.
Ushered into the most hit compound to see the corpses, the governor pleaded with the people to be calm, promising that a special unit of the police force would be deployed in the community.
His words: “Since I got the information at about 1:00 a.m., I lost sleep. We are going to see what can be done quickly to bring the perpetrators to book. Meanwhile, I want everybody living in the outskirts to move into Kadarko town for proper coordination.”
The governor later toured the neighbouring villages to assess the extent of damage.
It was observed that all the Tiv villages in the state were deserted apparently for fear of being attacked by the marauding herdsmen.
As at press time, the entire Kadarko settlement was a ghost town, even neighboring villagers were leaving in droves for Benue and Lafia, the Nasarawa capital city.