On Saturday night, March 8, at least 5 persons were reportedly killed and several houses burnt down at Gishiri Hassan village in Sariki Kudu district in Ibi Local Government area of Taraba State. An attack on village was made by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
It was gathered that the village was mainly occupied by people from the Tiv ethnic group.
An eyewitness James Iyorkia said that about 30 armed men invaded Gishiri Hassan village and other surrounding villages at about 9:30pm and engaged in shooting and burning houses.
A resident of the village Iyorkia said that 3 persons were killed by the gunmen at Wurusu village while 2 others were killed at Kiorkende village and several others sustained various degrees of injury.
The chairman of Ibi local government, Alhaji Ishaka Adamu, said journalists that the invaders were identified to be Fulani headsmen who migrated from Benue as a result of the crisis between the Tiv and Fulani in that area.
The gunmen fled the trouble zone in Benue and entered Gishiri Hssan village through Chinkai Village in Wukari local government, according to the chairman. He added that the Fulani gunmen who were suspected to be on a revenge mission have ordered the Tiv people to go back to Benue since the Tiv people had chased them (Fulani) out of Benue.
The Divisional police officer of Ibi, DSP Izikiel Imoh, confirmed that the situation had been brought under control.