Top Commanding Officer, six others feared dead in Taraba crisis
Vondigest reports that seven military officers, including a Commanding Officer, are feared dead after a clash between the Kuteb ethnic group and Fulani in Takum local government area of Taraba.
A resident of Takum confided that the clash occurred on Tuesday when suspect Fulani militia renewed attacks on about 15 communities.
“Before 6:30am, they (attackers) were at Tati community in Takum. The first casualty was a mobile police man who was shot dead and his gun taken away. Another mobile police man escaped,” the source said.
According to him, he alerted the military, who mobilised their men on motorcycles for a counter-offensive to the communities.
“The soldiers engaged the attackers. Two destroyed motorcycles were recovered without their occupants while the soldiers said they did not see their CO. They came out of the bush around 5pm. They came out with dead bodies,” he informed.
According to his words, there was a leaked phone conversation with one of the attackers who claimed they have killed six soldiers and the recovered motorcycles and the CO’s car may be confirm that.
According to him, the situation in Takum is tense though people were going about their normal activities.
This online platform understands that the Taraba police spokesperson, Abdullahi Usman confirmed six soldiers and the Commanding Officer were killed in the clash.