Friday, October 18, 2013

VIOLENCE OUTBREAK In Nasarawa, As Fulani Herdsmen Murder Village Head, Rape, Kidnap, Rob Locals

photo -- VIOLENCE OUTBREAK In Nasarawa, As Fulani Herdsmen Murder Village Head, Rape, Kidnap, Rob Locals
Nasarawa State, Kodo Mada village, Kokona Local Government Area -- Alleged Fulani herdsmen went on a nightly spree of violence on Tuesday night, murdering the village head of Kodo Mada, raping and kidnapping local women, robbing and beating local residents.
It has been gathered that a former councillor, Honourable Micah Dogo, was robbed of his mobile phones, children's school fees by the arms-wielding marauders.
Speaking in his residence in Garaku on Thursday, the Abaga Toni, His Royal Highness Dr Sylvester Ayih, the paramount ruler of Kokona local government, told the journalists the suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked the community at about midnight on Tuesday, and that chaos did not end for several hours.

The thugs came to the village shooting sporadically. They broke into residents' homes, beat people and robbed them. The village head was also robbed and then shot in the chest while his family members watched in horror. It is unclear whether the man resisted the thugs. He has been since buried.
One woman, according to HRH, "ran into the bush and slept there." She came back the following morning.
An eyewitness says the men raped a woman whose husband was away, and who had nothing to give to the marauders. Then, the bandits broke into another home, where a woman was also alone. They "kidnapped" her, and told her to take them to the rich households in the community.
However, after the attack, the local vigilante group captured a man they believe is one of the suspects. When members started to search him, the man struggled. An AK 47 rifle was eventually found strapped to his back. The suspect was in the village to buy GSM airtime when he was arrested and handed over to the police in Garaku.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mallam Garba, said he was yet to receive the signal to that effect.
However, the State police spokesman, Cornelius Ocholi, confirmed "an invasion on the village in Kokona," just as he confirmed the killing of one man there.
"There was a distress call to the police. Before a team of armed policemen could reach there, the assailants disappeared into the bush. The CP (Commissioner of Police Umar Shehu) has sent more men there and they are on ground to track the assailants," Ocholi said.

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