Cleric Calls For Peace As Four Policemen Die In Adamawa Herdsmen Attack

Haslon Freedom and Ronke Sanya  
Updated December 3, 2017

A Primate of the Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh has condemned the killing of at least four policemen by suspected herdsmen at Numan village in Adamawa state.

Most Reverend Okoh said Nigerians should embrace peace and unity irrespective of their religious or political leanings.

Speaking on Saturday concerning the attack, he said farmers and herdsmen need to be enlightened because Nigeria needs every individual in the country to build a stronger country.

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“They should educate themselves that they need other people because they need other people. We all need ourselves to build a powerful and stronger country,” he said.

He also said the Federal Government should come up with measures to reduce communal and religious crisis in the country.

Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa State, Othman Abubakar on Saturday confirmed the killing of four police officers while repelling an attack by armed and suspected Fulani herdsmen in Bolong village of Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

The attack according to sources started at about 9:00 am and lasted till 1:00 pm leaving the people with no alternative but to evacuate the town.

Numan, the administrative headquarters of Numan local government Council is a shadow of itself as residents have vacated the town for fear of an alleged reprisal attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen

Local residents who spoke with Channels Television said there had been  sustained gunfire involving suspected Fulani gunmen and members of the Police Force causing panic and mass exodus of residents of the area.

The Brigade Commander 23 Brigade,  Brigadier General Mohammadu Bello, who  also confirmed the attack said his men after receiving a distress call mobilised men to repel the attack.

He explains that the attackers were above 60 in number and well-armed that the army had to use RPG to subdue them.

At the Numan General Hospital where the body of the policemen killed during the attack were deposited, the Chief Nursing Officer Pwagwadi Nzadeino said four corpses were deposited in their morgue but one was later taken away.

The Adamawa State government in response describes the killings as unfortunate while the Governor Mohammed Jibrilla had since summoned a security meeting.