Monday, 7 September 2015

Community Leaders Killed While On Peace Mission

Two community leaders were on Sunday, September 9, found dead on the outskirts of Namnai village in Gassol local government area of Taraba.

NAN reports that the deceased were the village heads of Namnai; Malam Musa Kachalla, and his ward head, Malam Manu Jahun.

The chairman of the council, Tukura Bashir, who confirmed the incident, said that the leaders were on their way to settle a farmland dispute between herdsmen and farmers in the area.

He explained that family members of the deceased raised the alarm after waiting for several hours without hearing from them.

The chairman explained that a search party was later organised by the community who found the corpses in a pool of blood.

NAN learnt that the people fled from the area for fear of possible reprisal attacks.

The state police public relations officer, DSP Joseph Kwaji, also confirmed the development.

Kwaji said the police recovered the bodies of the two men, adding that they were murdered by yet to be identified people. He said that the arrival of armed policemen in the community calmed down tension. The spokesman said that the force would investigate the incident with a view to bringing the culprits to book.