Suspected herdsmen kill 3 Police officers, others in Taraba
Following a distress call,five police men and three vigilantes led by Divisional Crime Officer, DCO, ASP Kilobas Iliya were ambushed while responding to the call.
Police statement signed by ASP David Misal, Taraba Command PRO said the team leader, ASP Kilobas Iliya, two police officers and two vigilantes were killed while others escaped.
It said, “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.
He said a manhunt of the perpetrators of the dastardly act is been embarked upon through massive deployment of more personnel to the affected areas.
” A former Chairman of Lau local government area, Nelson Banka who accompanied the corpse to Jalingo and confirmed the incident to newsmen alleged the attackers were herdsmen.
He said, “There was a distress call by members of the community about a kidnap. The DPO responded to that by sending the divisional crime officer and two other police officers.
“They came into Bujum village through Mayo-Lope, and after dispersing members of the community at the end of a meeting, some men from nowhere who clearly are herdsmen ambushed them and killed the Divisional crime officer and two other policemen and two vigilantes.”
Banka said, “At the moment, about five villages are totally deserted because most of the houses there have been looted by these same people whom we have always called the government and security agencies to see how they can come to our rescue.
” It seems the security agencies are also handicapped, and as it stands we have left everything in the hand of God. We will no longer be blaming the security personnel or the government anymore because our fate is in the hand of God.”