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Gunmen kill Villager, kidnap dozens others in Taraba-Benue border community

By News Desk

Atleast one person has been reported killed and dozens of others kidnapped by gunmen during an attack on a border community between Taraba and Benue states.

The gunmen, who stormed the border community, forced residents to flee to Koffai Ahmadu axis of Takum Local Government Area for safety after sighting the gunmen.

Speaking on the attacks, the Chairman of Takum council, Shiban Tikari, told newsmen that security has been beefed up in the neighbouring communities to avert escalation.

Tikari, who described the incident as an act of cowardice, hinted that efforts were ongoing to cater for the displaced and return them to their ancestral homes safely.

According to him, one person was killed in the attack and I recovered the corpse and many others were also said to have been kidnapped.

“Where the bandits invaded, residents there all ran to Koffai Ahmadu for safety, but they were people from Benue State. People were also alleging that houses were burnt, but I can also confirm to you that no house was set ablaze as I went to the scene.

“Actually, what really happened is that people are referring to Koffai Ahmadu as the center for the hostilities, but precisely where it took place is at the border between Taraba and Benue states.

“We have put security in place to restore normalcy in the border communities especially the operation whirl stroke [whose members] are now camping close to the affected community to avert any further breakdown of law and order.”

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