Suspected Fulani gunmen, have been accused of killing a pregnant woman and also raping others, shortly after they attacked Tiv farmers in the Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa state.
The pregnant woman identified as Mrs Dorcas Mbagbidi-Akaahan was hit by stray bullets, after the Fulani gunmen who laid siege on the community in the early hours of Monday, shot sporadically into the air to scare residents.
Obasanjo Akaahan, a resident of the community who spoke to Punch’s correspondent, revealed that more casualties would have been recorded had the gunmen struck during the day.
“Last week Monday night, some Fulani herders suspected to be from Wurgan-Dogo stormed Tse Shiga aka Gidan Soja in their numbers, shooting sporadically as we scampered for our dear lives. One person was killed and many others injured.”
It was also gathered that a woman was also allegedly raped by the attackers in Kalachi, a Tiv community in the Giza area of Keana LGA. The two women were going to the farm in the early hours of Tuesday, when they ran into suspected Fulani herdsmen who allegedly assaulted them.
ASP Samaila Usman, the Police Public Relations Officer, Nasarawa State Command who confirmed the incident, said two suspects had been arrested in connection with the crime, adding that the command had commenced investigation to apprehend other suspects still at large.
He said, “So far, two suspects in connection with the crime have been arrested and investigation is still going on to ensure that the prime suspect is arrested.”
Few months ago also, Fulani herdsmen allegedly killed 32 Tiv villagers at various locations across the southern senatorial district of Nasarawa State. It was learnt that in one of the attacks, seven people were killed and over 15 houses burnt in same Keana Local Government Area. The state Commissioner for Water Resources, Gabriel Akaaka, told Punch that the gunmen invaded his house and set it ablaze.