Herdsmen Kill 3 Police Officers In Taraba, Behead Adamawa PDP Chairman
The Taraba State Police Command has confirmed the death of three of its officers and two vigilante personnel who were attacked by suspected herdsmen in Bujum Kasua village on Thursday in Lau local government area of the state.
It was learnt that a team of five police men and three vigilantes led by Divisional Crime Officer, DCO, ASP Kilobas Iliya were ambushed while responding to a distress call.
According to a statement issued to newsmen on Friday, the command spokesperson, ASP David Misal said the team leader, ASP Kilobas Iliya, two police officers and two vigilantes were killed while others escaped.
The statement reads: “Following a distress call at a location in Bujum Kasuwa, Lau LGA on 06/09/2018, at about 1430hrs, a team of five policemen led by a Divisional Crime Officer, DCO, ASP Kilobas Iliya accompanied by three vigilantes men were drafted to the area.
“While on their way, they were attacked by suspected herdsmen and consequently, ASP Kilobas Iliya with two others and two vigilantes were killed, while others escaped. Two arms, one AK47 rifle, and one service pistol were carted away by the attackers.
“The state Commissioner of Police, David Akinremi has ordered immediate investigation into the matter, by deploying the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Intelligence and Investigation, DCP Musa Baba to carry out full scale discreet investigation into the matter, while manhunt of the perpetrators of the dastardly act is been embarked upon through massive deployment of more personnel to the affected areas.”
The suspected Fulani herdsmen beheaded the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bare ward in the Numan Local Government Area, Adamawa State, Charles Chrisanthus.
It was gathered that the politician was killed in the presence of his wife, Dorcas, in his farm on August 29, 2018.
During an interview with The Punch at the State Criminal Investigation Department where she had gone to lodge her complaint on Tuesday, Dorcas revealed that only justice for her slain husband would bring her peace.
She said she was holding her four-month old son and watched helplessly as the assailants hacked her husband to death.
“His attackers led by our Fulani neighbours repeatedly stabbed him on the back and on his stomach before beheading my husband in our farm and made away with his head,” she said.