A automobile touched by gunmen throughout an early morning assault on Tawari group in Kogi State on January 3, 2020.
At least 19 folks have been reported killed following an in a single day assault by gunmen on Tawari group in Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State.
Some residents of the group who narrowly escaped demise alleged that the attackers may have been armed herdsmen.
Among these killed within the assault which occurred on Friday was the Chief Imam of the village, Zakari (*19*), and Tawari Ward Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ibrahim Simbabi.
The gunmen reportedly invaded the group at about 1am and opened hearth on residents earlier than setting homes, church buildings, and plenty of properties ablaze.
Also touched have been the oldest clinic established by the missionaries within the colonial period, and the official car of the standard ruler of the world – Aguma of Tawari, Idris Tawari – amongst others.
The state governor, Yahaya Bello, confirmed the incident in an announcement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Onogwu Muhammed.
He known as for calm among the many residents of Tawari city in Kogi/Koto Karfe Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Bello requested the safety companies to right away examine the incident and be certain that those that carried out the dastardly act have been dropped at justice.
He condemned the incident and warned that these with the intention to trigger a disaster within the state would have themselves in charge.
The governor assured residents that his administration would do every little thing to guard their lives and properties.
The deputy governor of the state, Edward Onoja, additionally confirmed the incident to Channels Television in an interview.
He gave an assurance that the state authorities would unravel the reason for the assault, in an effort to forestall an escalation.
According to witnesses, a herder was killed and his physique mutilated by suspected ritualists some occasions final 12 months.
The herdsmen have been mentioned to have pointed accusing fingers at Tawari group and threatened a reprisal.
But persistent persuasions by the group head in opposition to a reprisal made the herdsmen lived with the indigenes of the group in peace till a number of days in the past after they began shifting out en-mass.
Following Friday’s incident, a mixed workforce of police and navy personnel have been deployed in the neighborhood whereas the Commissioner of Police in Kogi was additionally on the bottom to watch the scenario.