Armed men suspected to be herdsmen killed three police officers and two members of the local vigilante in Bujum village, Lau local government area of Taraba state.

The state command's Public Relations Officer (ASP) David Misal confirmed the unfortunate incident to Bounce News correspondent in Jalingo.

He said the team was on its way to respond to a distress call following a report of sporadic shooting in Bujum Kasuwa village in Lau local government area of the state when they were attacked and three of the five police officers and two members of the vigilante group were killed and their arms and ammunition were taken.

"Following a distress call of sporadic shooting heard at a location in Bujum Kasuwa village in Lau Local government area, a team of five police men and three members of the local vigilante group led by Divisional Crime Officer ASP Kilobas Iliya were drafted to the area.

“While on their way, the team came under an ambush by suspected herdsmen leading to the death of the DCO, two other officers and two members of the vigilante group. The assailants also made away with one AK47 Rifle and a service pistol.

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"The commissioner of police CP David Akinremi has now ordered the deployment of a strong team led by the DCP incharge of investigation and intelligence DCP Musa Baba to the area to investigate the incident and ensure that the culprits are apprehended and brought to justice.

"The commissioner wishes to extend his heartfelt condolences to the families of the fallen heroes and warn all criminal elements with the guts to attack Police officers to brace up for a battle as they have never had.

“He also called on the public to avail the force with any useful information that would lead to the apprehension of those that carried out this dastardly act", Misal said.

A former Chairman of Lau local government area, Nelson Banke who accompanied the corpse to Jalingo confirmed the attack, alleging that the attackers were indeed herdsmen.

Bujum Kasuwa village is among over 10 villages in Lau local government area of Taraba state that have been under constant attacks by unknown arm men since January; leading to the death of hundreds and displacement of thousands and total desertion of the village.


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