On Sunday night bandits were reported to have attacked and killed three persons in Bali town, the headquarters of Bali Local Government Area of Taraba state.
According to the source, the attackers who rode on motorcycles attacked and killed personnel of Taraba Marshall at a checkpoint near General Hospital before going to individual houses to kill and abduct people.
The leader of the Tiv central and chief of Tiv in Bali, Zaki David Gbaa ( Ter Tiv Bali) said that two of his subjects were killed and scores, mostly women, were abducted in the attack.
“The attackers invaded the town at about 11: pm. Two of my subjects were killed in the attack, and two others who were severely injured are receiving treatment in the hospital.
Many people, especially women, were abducted. It’s a terrible situation and I want to call on the government and security agencies to sit up and ensure the protection of the lives and property of citizens.
For over four hours, the bandits held the town shooting sporadically and there was no response from security agencies. People are losing hope in the government’s ability to protect them and I think the bandits are no more than our security agencies,” he said.
The traditional leader then called on the government to show support to the injured who are receiving treatment in hospitals.
Efforts to get the Police to react to the attack failed as the Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Usman, did not pick up calls made to his line.
But a police officer in the Taraba State Police Command told our correspondent that the PPRO was attending a security briefing.
The attack came barely three days after bandits blocked the Mutum-Biyu- Garba Chede road, killing a driver and abducting passengers in the state’s neighboring Gassol Local Government area.