From Nick Yashi, Jalingo
As residents continued to flee communities invaded by armed Fulani herdsmen in Adamawa and Taraba States, the military authorities have said that the attacks were being over reported.
But residents of Lau Local Government Area in Adamawa State said that they were still under heavy attacks by the herdsmen and urged the federal and state governments to help them.
In the latest attack, which occurred at the weekend in the border towns of Adamawa and Taraba States, about 50 people were killed.
The AUTHORITY learnt that the the attacks took place in Nasarawo, Sabon Gida and Mayo Lope communities, among several others.
A resident of Nasarawo in Lau council, Mr Bala Madaki, said that “the Fulani that are attacking us are not within; we in Nasarawo are only about 10, the rest have fled. We are only here to protect our land. I can’t leave Nasarawo. Our call to the government is that they should help us so that we can live peacefully. They should intervene because these people are beyond us.”
When The AUTHORITY contacted the military authorities over the fresh attacks, they debunked the allegation.
The Commandant, 23 Armoured Brigade, Yola, Brig-Gen. Bello Mohammed, said the issue was being exaggerated by persons who were not on ground in the crisis-hit areas.
Madaki, who is in charge of the Adamawa/Taraba General Area, said that the governments of both Adamawa, where the crisis emanated, and Taraba, were on top of the situation.
He said: “I am in charge of the General Area. You see allegations like these take one off guard. I can’t work for 30 years and lives are being lost. If I can’t pay for it now, I will pay for it later.”
Madaki said that the public were being misinformed of the happenings in the two states, adding that even though there were isolated cases, “it was not enough ground to generalise.”
According to him, the areas affected were Demsa and Numan in Adamawa and Lau in Taraba.
He decried the “lies” going round about the crisis, adding that personnel of the Nigeria security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Police had been deployed in the areas to complement the troops on ground.