No fewer than four people were feared killed when armed gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen invade a Tiv village and killed a family of four in Kokotye at the outskirts of Bornon Kurku in Bali local government area of the state.
Executive chairman of Bali local government area, Hon. Danladi Suntai confirmed the killings to our correspondent in telephone interview on Saturday.
According to him the attack was a reprisal of the killings in Donga local government where Tiv and Fulani fighting each other.
“A Fulani man was shot in Donga but he fled and died in Pasa in Bali local government. I quickly summoned the Fulani Ardos and appealed to them not to allow the crisis to spread to Bali since the Fulani man was shot in Donga.
“I was surprised when I was called that four people were killed late last night. My DPO has relocated to the area and he is going to make massive arrest until we get those that carried out the attack,” he said.
Chief of Tiv in Bali local government, Zaki David Gbaa (Ter Bali II) told our correspondent on phone that armed men suspected to be Fulani invade Agabo village at about 7pm on Friday and killed a family of four.
Zaki Gbaa named those killed in the night attack to include; Joseph Agabo, Adama Kwaghzee Agabo, Ayem Joseph Agabo and Myom Agabo.
The Tiv leader lamented the attack and called on the federal government to stem the tide of attacks in the country which he said were undermining the peaceful coexistence of the country.
According to him the unprovoked attack has led to mass exodus of people from the area who are now taking refugee at Dan-Anacha in the neighbouring Gassol local government area as well as Kungana in Bali local government.
“The Divisional Police Officer of Bali has since moved to the area, he is not yet back so we don’t know the security situation in the area now.
“But as we speak, more and more people are leaving the area for safety for fear of attacks. I want to call on the army operatives of Exercise Ayem Akpatuma to arrest the situation before it gets out of hand,” he said.
When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, ASP David Misal said he was not aware of the attack but promised to confirm and get back which he never did at the time of filing this report.
By Andrew Ojih, Jalingo.