Among the 4 victims of the night attack carried out in Ngutwsem village in Gassol local government area, include a couple identified as Mr. Shiriga Vaawombo and his wife, Ngunan.
The couple’s relation, disclosed that as soon as Shiriga heard the first sound of gun shots, he took his wife to a place outside their house where he thought she could be safe.
“He was returning to pick their baby when the invaders shot him. His wife then cried out from where she was hiding. She was gunned down too,” he said.
Late Shiriga’s 35-year-old second wife, Iveren, who wasn’t at home when the incident occurred, was left in tears as journalists in the company of Ishaku’s media aide Bala Dan Abu, a senior assistant to the governor on Revenue Mobilisation, Jerry Tyolanga and three policemen stormed the village that is now deserted.
Upon seeing policemen and journalists, the hiding villagers came out and hurriedly used blunt diggers and hoes to dig two graves for the purpose of burying the victim.
A cursory look at the bodies showed that after being shot,the assailants proceeded to cut them in the head, neck and back with machete to ensure that they had no chance of surviving.
The attack came after Governor Ishaku said on Thursday, that he received a warning from some people that they would strike within 10 days.
“We are on notice that in 10 days, we (Taraba) shall be attacked. I have alerted all security agencies. We are waiting.
“A helicopter has dropped arms and ammunitions in the night without its mission established. It is not a time to keep quiet; we are living in fear”.
The Nation gathered that the Governor spoke at 12:47pm. The killer herdsmen struck at 10:09pm.