*23 others brutally injured, says eye witness
By Matthew Onah in Yola
At least 20 people, including Mr. Sam Zadok, a one time commissioner for Youth and Sports, Adamawa State, were on Tuesday killed in a fresh attack on Demsa Local Government area of the State by Fulani herdsmen.
Mr. Sam Zadok, one of the vocal leaders in Bwatye land and a chieftain of PDP in Adamawa State was in company with three others Mr. Sanford, Mr. Sabo Kwale and Pastor Enoch Shovk to pay a condolence visit in Borroung town and were caught in the web of the attack according to family sources.
Hon. Omayan Tambaya Dilli, a native of Gwamba village in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State confirmed to newsmen in Demsa that over 20 people were killed and several others injured after some suspected herdsmen attacked the village in Demsa.
According to Dilli, the attack happened about 8:00 AM Tuesday and that the attack lasted up to about 11:00 AM without any form of military intervention.
The suspected Fulani herdsmen, who attacked the village stormed the the community in four Hilux vehicles and motor bikes in their numbers.
According to Hon. Dilli, “We received letters and phone calls from the suspected assailants two weeks before the attack and we have reported the same to the Police Division here in Gwamba.
“So, we are surprised that they can come and attack us for hours and leave before the military came briefly and left.
“Gwamba town has been raised down and about 3,000 residents of the community displaced as a result of the violent attack”.
It was gathered that houses and properties worth millions of naira were set ablaze by the assailants.
Hon. Dilli said, “Towards end of January, the same community was attacked by herdsmen and one person was killed, three days later the herdsmen returned and boasted they were back again.
“The only protection we ever had was the one we provided for ourselves.”
The cause of the killings still remains unclear and as community members of the community decry the failure of government. security operatives to forestall the attacks.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Othman Abubakar, said the command had not received any report to that effect but confirm that there were rumours of the attack in Demsa.
The remains of the former commissioner along side others killed have been buried yesterday family sources disclosed.
Meanwhile, 101 Special Forces Battalion on operation Ayem Kpatuma has been drafted to the area.
A statement by army’s public relations director, Col. Rogers Chukwu said the army later killed 10 herdsmen in a shootout and some quantities of arms and ammunition recovered.