Adamawa Sunday killings: How Security Failure Did Victims In – Investigation

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Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Buratai
Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Buratai

From Tom Garba, Yola
The Sunday killings of over 60 People in four villages of Girei Council of Adamawa State has largely been blamed on alleged failure of security agencies in the state.
Investigation by The Dream Daily revealed that all security agencies in the state were properly been briefed when locals got wind of the well-coordinated attacks in their respective communities.
One of the community’s stakeholder and a popular politician in the state who pleaded anonymity told The Dream Daily: “We smelled evil in the last two weeks on how these Fulani were sharing Kolanut and we were told were making serious consultations within and outside the state. The few Fulani residing in our areas suddenly migrated to an unknown place and normally if you see a Fulani man behaving this way, it is definitely a bad omen.
“We all had a meeting with the relevant village authorities and decided to communicate with all the security agencies concerning the impending attacks. My brother like joke like play the attacks claimed the lives of many people and property worth millions of naira were destroyed”.
A community youth mobilizer who also sought anonymity told The Dream Daily that “even some of the Fulani senior citizens also got wind of the attacks and also informed the security but yet the security failed to give the victims needed protection.”
Sources told The Dream Daily that the assault was a reprisal attack by the Fulani over alleged bad ways communities had treated them.
The Dream Daily observed that tension was still high in the affected areas as virtually all residents have fled for fear of another attack.
The state government has condoled with families of the victims and the injured in the incident. It has also activated state mechanism to provide relief materials to survivors and those who fled the attacked areas.

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