♦ They’re migrant herdsmen; troops deployed—POLICE
Three people were reportedly killed, while no fewer than six others were injured yesterday, when herdsmen clashed with farmers in Gereng community of Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
Reports from the area indicated that some members of the Gereng community, who went fishing in a pond in the area, were attacked by herdsmen.
The report added that members of the community launched a reprisal attack that led to high casualties on the side of the herdsmen.
Meanwhile, a suicide bomber and a local vigilante man were killed, yesterday morning, during an attempt by the bomber to sneak into a mosque at Dalori Quarters Housing Estate in Maiduguri, Borno State, at about 5:35a.m. during morning prayers.
Dalori Quarters is located near the University of Maiduguri and a large camp occupied by internally displaced persons, IDPs, mostly from Bama Local Government Area of the state.
Immediately the incident occurred, security operatives and humanitarian workers were mobilised to the scene.
On the Gereng village incident, a resident of the community, who spoke to Vanguard on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that they have information from nearby communities that the herdsmen are mobilising and marching towards their community.
The villager said: “We have been alerted that the herdsmen have fully mobilised and are marching towards our community; but we are ready.
“The herdsmen are in large numbers and are armed to the teeth. We noticed some of them in the nearby bushes, preparing for the onslaught.”
Confirming the clash, Adamawa State Police Command said one person was killed, while four others were injured.
The Command’s spokesman, SP Othman Abubakaar, said it was migrant herdsmen that attacked the Gereng village, using bows and arrows, adding that they disappeared into thin air afterward.
Othman maintained that a detachment of the military and the police have been dispatched to the area to maintain law and order.
Police on Maiduguri suicide attack
Confirming the Maiduguri bombing, Borno State Police spokesman, Victor Isuzu, said a male suicide bomber carried out the attack at the Dalori area of the state capital.
He said: “Today, at about 5:22a.m., a male suicide bomber detonated Improvised Explosive Device, IED, strapped to his body near a mosque at Dalori Quarters situated along Maiduguri-Konduga-Bama Road.
“The bomber killed himself and a local vigilante, a civilian JTF operative, who tried to prevent him from getting close to the mosque, where many faithful in the locality were observing their early morning prayers.”
Isuzu said the area of yesterday’s attack had been secured and normalcy has resumed.
Recall that 20 people were killed at an attack in Buraburin area of Maiduguri December last year, while four others were killed two weeks ago at a Mosque in University of Maiduguri staff quarters.