Reports reaching 9jatoday reveals that some unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani Herdsmen had on Friday at 1 am launched an attack on Tawari, a community in Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State, leaving about 23 persons dead.
Claims from the locals asserted that the attackers in their hundreds invaded the community and began shooting sporadically and setting ablaze residential houses, places of worship. They also razed down a clinic in the area which was reportedly built by missionaries during colonial rule, burnt the official vehicle of the traditional ruler of the area, the Aguma of Tawari, Alhaji Idris Tawari, among other property.
The terrible attack also claimed the life of Ibrahim Simbabi, an All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman in the Tawari ward. Also in the killing is the Chief Imam of the village, Mallam Zakari Salihu.
Responding to the attack, the administrator of the local government, Musa Tanko Mohammed, confirmed that 19 persons died in the invasion. Meanwhile, residents claim they counted 23 corpses, alleging that 20 of them were of Bassa Kwomu ethnic group while three were Gbayi.
Some police officers and a few others injured are reportedly taken to Federal Medical Centre Lokoja and the Koton Karfe General Hospital, where they are receiving treatment respectively.
According to a resident identified as Mrs. Comfort Solomon, who survived the attack of suspected Fulani Herdsmen, said that the gunmen came in hundreds riding on motorcycles invade the community and began killing and burning buildings until the early hours of Friday.
Mrs. Comfort in her conversation with a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), confirms that she could hear the attackers communicating with one another in Hausa language.
In other news, The State Governor, Yahaya Bello has condemned the killings and warned that anyone who wants to cause a crisis in the state would have himself to blame, adding that his administration would do everything possible to protect the lives and property of the people of the state.
Also confirming the attack, the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Ede Ayuba Ekpeji, said that policemen men had been deployed to the community to restore normalcy.
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