By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—Suspected cultists numbering over 50 in the early hours of yesterday, attacked Gaadi village on the outskirt of Makurdi town razing several houses.
This is just as suspected Fulani herdsmen also besieged Adeke in Makurdi town, shooting sporadically for over two hours while residents scampered for safety.
Vanguard learned from a source that the invaders stormed the village at about 10:30 pm Tuesday, firing gunshots as they matched through some streets in the community.
The development forced many residents and parents to flee with their families, scampering through bush paths to safer areas in the town. Calm has, however, returned to the community after three police patrol vehicles moved into the area around 12 midnight.
When contacted, the State Police Commissioner, Hyacinth Dagala, stated that the squabble between the Tiv locals and some Fulani herders in the community on Tuesday afternoon, could have led to the sporadic gunshots.
“You know there was a problem in that area between Fulanis and the Tivs yesterday (Tuesday). The police even waded into the matter but it’s likely that the attack may be because of that incident.
‘’ For now, we don’t know who is responsible but my men are already there to maintain peace and I can assure you that the place is calm now,’’ he said.
Among the houses razed by the gang of cultists that attacked Gaadi village was the home of late Alexander Gaadi, who before his demise two years ago, secured compensation of over N8 billion for victims of Zaki-biam military invasion in 2001.
An eyewitness and brother of the deceased, Devien Gaadi, who spoke to reporters narrated that the cult gang stormed the area in a commando manner at about 1 am with dangerous weapons and shot sporadically into the air to