Reports have emerged that no less than 55 persons have been killed after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked Lau local government area of Taraba State.
The Nation is reporting that the marauders commenced the invasion and attacks during the weekend.
Speaking with the news outlet last night on phone, the State Governor Darius Ishaku, disclosed that “Herdsmen are killing people in Lau, my state.”
As of Tuesday, 25 bodies were recovered and given a mass burial when pressmen and a media assistant to the state governor, Bala Dan Abu, visited the affected area.
However, in the early hours of Wednesday, it was learnt that the death toll has climbed to 55, as more bodies were recovered by the locals.
There are indications that calm has been restored while policemen and soldiers are currently patrolling the area.
360nobs on Tuesday quoted the state police command as confirming the death of three persons while no fewer than six others sustained injuries in another overnight attack in a community in the state on Monday.
Monday’s attack, which occurred barely a few days after about 24 people were killed in attacks on three Taraba communities, took place in Maisamari town in Sardauna Local Government Area of the state.
Meanwhile, the federal government has reportedly placed a ban on open grazing of cattle in the country, in an attempt to put an end to the atrocious killings in Benue and other states by suspected Fulani herdsmen and the growing backlashes that have stemmed out from it.
It was gathered that the decision was taken at the end of a six-hour meeting of a Federal Government delegation, security agencies and governors from five states – which are mostly affected by the herders/farmers clashes – while the ban is coming days after suspected herdsmen attacked two communities in Benue state.