Bandits take over Taraba villages, rape housewives

Bandits take over Taraba villages, rape housewives
Bandits take over Taraba villages, rape housewives

Many communities in Taraba State’s Gassol and Karim Lamido local government districts have been overrun by bandits.

Kambari town was found to be the most severely damaged by the bandits’ activity.

Kambari hamlet, in the Karim Lamido Local Government Area, sits on the bank of the River Benue, not far from Plateau State’s border.

The town, as well as the surrounding settlements, is encircled by dense forests and has no access road, making it a haven for criminals.

It was also learned that the daredevil bandits had forced the police and vigilante to quit their duty positions in that axis.

According to local accounts, the bandits compel housewives and young girls to sleep with them.

Residents of the town have accepted their destiny because the government have taken no action to stop the illegal activities.

Other settlements on the banks of the River Benue in the Gassol and Karim Lamido local government areas are also under attack from jihadists.

Residents of six communities in the Karim Lamido local government across the Benue River were forced to evacuate due to militants’ criminal activities.

Gwammo, Wurno, Tungan Kaya, Gidan Kawoyel, and Ali Kwala were among the communities visited by the Daily Trust on Sunday.

Similarly, terrorists are threatening WuroJam, Karar, Shika, Amar, Zip, WuruJam, Illela, and Maigemu, among others.

In some of the afflicted villages and towns, bandits roam freely with their guns at all hours of the day and night.

Terrorists have become lords over themselves, according to the findings, and are abducting civilians, even housewives, without permission or hindrance.

Terrorists are alleged to have recruited young boys in several of the afflicted communities, and they are the ones notifying the terrorists of affluent folks’ homes.

On Sunday, a Kambari town resident who requested anonymity told Daily Trust that the bandits had taken over the town and have made it their operations base.

Many citizens, he claims, have migrated to Mutumbiyu town and other areas.

He said the robbers, who number over 200, are largely from Zamfara and Katsina.

“There are no police or vigilantes in Kambari; terrorists have complete control of the town and are free to go about with their weapons,” he claimed.

It is no longer safe to dwell in the town, according to a former resident who migrated to Mutumbiyu town.

“We are under siege; the government must interfere by sending military to pursue the terrorists, who are regrouping every day and recruiting our young men,” he stated.

He said that terrorists are to blame for the majority of kidnappings and homicides in the state’s Karim Lamido, Gassol, and Bali local government districts.

According to the results, the Army was dispatched to the Gassol district and battled the militants.

According to reports, the terrorists experienced a significant setback as a consequence of the soldiers’ deployment, and as a result, some of the terrorists are transferring out of the region.

Malam Rabiu Saidu, a resident of Gassol town, told Daily Trust in a phone conversation on Sunday that the arrival of troops in the Gassol region has provided relief to the people.

He stated the army are doing a wonderful job because many terrorists have fled, but he asked them to expand their operation to Kambari and other villages across the Benue River.

Mr Markus Hamidu, the head of the Karim Lamido council, did not return calls or SMS messages seeking comment on the matter.

When reached, DSP Usman Abdullahi, the Taraba command’s spokesman, stated there had been no reports of such an incident at the command.

He said that the Karim Lamido Police Divisional Office had not received any reports that terrorists had taken over any of the area’s villages or towns.

“Why didn’t villagers alert the police if terrorists had taken over Kambari town or any other village?” he stated

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