Twenty-nine police men, including the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Vunokilang Police Station in Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State were brutally killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen yesterday in an early hour attack.
Reliable reports from the area revealed that the Fulani herdsmen raided four villages namely; Demsare, Wunamokoh, Dikajam and Taboungo in what was believed to be a vengeance mission over a prolonged farmers-cattle rearers’ feud in the area.
The DPO, late CSP Okozie Okereofor, who was just two months old in the command was said to be ambushed when he was leading his men to the disputed area and he eventually lost his life in a shoot-out with the attackers.
The corpse of the slain Police officer and remaining civilians are currently deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Yola.
Confirming the killings, spokesman of the Adamawa State Police Command, DSP Othman Abubakar said the DPO and his team were attacked while on official duty in the affected villages where he was killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Abubakar added that report at his disposal indicated that the attackers looted the food stuff and livestock of the villagers before setting the villages ablaze.
“The suspected Fulani herdsmen raided four villages in Girei local Government Area on Sunday morning around 5:30 am killing scores, including the late DPO,” Abubakar stressed.
When journalists visited the FMC, Yola they met some of the victims who were receiving treatment but the Nurse on duty said that the management of the hospital issued a directive that no journalist should be allowed in.
Commenting on the attack, the Acting Brigade Commander of the 23 Armoured Brigade, Yola, Col. ABA Poopola, also confirmed the attack, stressing that the Fulani herdsmen had prolonged crises with the affected areas.
He said everything was under control as he has deployed his men to the areas to maintain law and order.
Some residents that spoke to journalists on the attack by the Fulani said that they came in numbers and that none of them was visibly seen as none could be arrested or killed by the villagers.

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