A 74-year-old man, Mallam Danazimi Kawo of Bujun Kasuwa village in Lau Local Government Area of Taraba State said he lost all his properties in the recent attack on the village by suspected Bachama people from Ramurde Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
Mallam Danazimi who narrated his unfortunate story to our correspondent said he came out of the Mosque after evening prayer [Megarba] and saw no fewer than 50 men with arms burning his houses that were very close to the Mosque and ran for his life.
The Bachama people of Adamawa State last week allegedly attacked Bujun Kasuwa, a village in Lau Local Government Area of Taraba State for harboring some nomadic Fulani that once attacked the Bachamas in their village.
Danazimi also said that he lost two water pumping machine, three bags of rice, four bags of melon, a cash amount of N50 000 and other household appliances in the houses that were burnt by the assailants.
Danazimi lamented that given his age and the magnitude of the losses he incurred in the attack he was now finding it hard to take care of himself and his family.
The recent attack has resulted to the displacement of thousands of people and destruction of houses and other properties worth thousands of naira.
Barr. Anthony Danburam, Chairman Lau Local Government Area told LEADERSHIP that he reported the matter immediately to the Taraba State Security Council and a Joint Task Force of Police and Army were drafted to the troubled areas which had helped to restore peace in the village.
He confirmed that two houses were burnt and properties worth thousands of naira destroyed at Guzun Kasuwa village. He however disputed the casualty figure. Earlier media reports stated that 13 people were killed in the village.
Barr. Danburam further stated that the immediate deployment of security in the troubled village by the Taraba State Police command when the matter was reported was the major factor that brought back peace to the area.
He said that the people of Abare and Guzun Kasuwa villages who left their villages in fear of being attacked are now back in their villages to continue with their farming activities. He therefore warned those behind the crisis to stay clear as security had been drafted to the area to arrest anybody who intends to further the crisis.
LEADERSHIP’s visit at Mayo-Lope village revealed that over 500 refugees from the crisis are in the house of the Chief of Mayo-Lope, Chief Njida Usman. Many of the refugees were discovered to be hungry and sick.
Chief Njida Usman therefore called on Taraba and Adamawa States government to come to the aid of the refugees by providing them with health care and food. He said that his community had been providing shelter, food and security to the refugees but the number of the refugees was too many for them to handle.