Seventeen Fulani pastoralists have been killed after a bomb blast suspected to be an airstrike hit a community in Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
The blast was allegedly targeted at suspected bandits who have been terrorizing residents along the border areas linking Nasarawa and Benue states.
DSP Ramhan Nansel, the spokeswoman for the State Police Command, who confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, said the sad incident occurred in the Rukubi community of Doma LGA on Tuesday night, January 24.
However, he, said the state police command is working in collaboration with sister security agencies and the state government to unravel the circumstances that led to the bombing and arrest the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
He stated, “It is unfortunate that such a thing happened.” Twenty-seven of the herdsmen were killed after a bomb exploded in Doma LGA. “Police and other security agencies are working around the clock to determine what caused the attack and apprehend those responsibly.”
Meanwhile, Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, commented on the sad incident that led to the deaths of the Fulani pastoralists, vowing to ensure that those behind the killing of the herdsmen are apprehended and made to face the law.
The governor urged all Fulani people across the state to remain calm, saying that the state government was working with the Benue State government to offer a lasting solution to the incessant attacks on the people along the Nasarawa/Benue borders.
He added that security operatives had been deployed to curtail any further breakdown of law and order in the area.
“On behalf of the state government, I want to sympathize with the Fulani people across the state over the killings of their people by an unknown bomber. “I want to assure them of the state government’s commitment to unraveling the perpetrators of such acts so as to face the full wrath of the law,” he added.
Speaking on the incident, the Chairman of Doma LGA, Ahmed Sarki-Usman, condemned the attack in its entirety.
“It must be the activity of some bad elements in the area.” The act is capable of causing unrest in the LGA, but I particularly want to thank the Fulani people for being calm and allowing the government and security agencies to handle the issue. I assure them that we will get to the root of the matter,” he said.
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