Despite Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state’s directive to traditional rulers of Gassol and Bali to ensure the safe return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in their domains to their homes, no fewer than seven persons were feared killed yesterday at Kortse village in Gassol local government area by gunmen.
The governor had penultimate week issued a stern warning to the traditional rulers of troubled communities in the state to ensure the safe return of the IDPs to their various homes as well as ensure they take repossession of their lands.
The victims of yesterday’s attack, according to an eyewitness were ambushed by the gunmen on their way to a rice farm about five kilometres away from Dan-Anacha, the commercial nerve centre of the local government.
Since they commenced their phased return to their homes based on the resolve of the current administration in the state to ensure total peace returns to the troubled areas across the state, the displaced persons are said to go to always go to farms in groups as a security measure.
One of the survivors of the attack, Mrs. Esther Kumashenge who narrated her ordeal to newsmen said her two sons, Ushahemba and Sughter Kumashenge were killed by the attackers who she alleged were from the house of a popular man in the area (names withheld).
According to her, the attackers, who claimed had sent somebody(names also withheld) to spy on them before launching their attack emerged from the bush and started and began to attack them killing seven people and injuring several others. -Thisday