- Bandits loot shops and set houses ablaze.
- Police securing the area as normalcy returns.
One person has been killed and several houses got burnt and other valuable property destroyed on Sunday night when suspected bandits attacked Tudiri village in Ardo Kola Local Government and Kasuan Baila area of Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.
Amos Tijam, one of the victims of the attack in an interview with Punch said one person was killed, houses burnt and shops looted in the attack.
Tijam further revealed that three vehicles, three tricycles and many shops in Kasuan Baila were burnt and looted in the attack that lasted for several hours without the presence of any security force.
Reacting to the attack, Taraba State Police Command on Monday said no life was lost.
DSP David Misal, Police Public Relations Officer in a statement said only shops were looted when the heavily armed bandits on motorcycles invaded the Village and set houses ablaze.
“About 1800hrs, heavily armed bandits on motorcycles invaded Tudiri Village via Jauro Yinu ward, Ardo Kola Local Government Area and set houses ablaze.
“The command immediately mobilized patrol teams to the area, but before their arrival, the hoodlums had fled into the bush.
“It is unfortunate that some youths being apprehensive of the development blocked Nukkai, Kasuwan Bera, ATC Highway in Jalingo and set disused tyres on fire.
“Consequently, three vehicles, two motorcycles, and three Tricycles were burnt but with the timely intervention of security operatives, the situation was brought under control.
“No death was recorded and the situation is being closely monitored by the security agencies in a bid to forestalling any further breakdown of law and order.”
It was gathered that the area has now been secured by heavily armed security men while residents were seen moving their belongings to the city centre.