The music of the late legend, Fela Anikulapo which says ‘…dem leave sorrow, tears and blood’ aptly fits into the deadly invasion of Tunari Village in Wukari Local Government by hundreds of suspects believed to be Fulani herdsmen, on Sunday, September 14, 2014.
Reports have it that the attackers stormed the village at 10am and set houses ablaze while most residents were in church.
Further reports by Vanguard Newspaper quoted that, President of the Youth of Vision, Wukari, Mr Tsa-asen L. Agbu said the invaders, who were over three hundred, attacked mainly the Jukun Christians, a situation which he said has compelled a lot of persons to relocate from the area.
According to him “they are burning down houses and killing our Jukun Christian brothers. They slaughtered children and women like rams. As I am talking to you right now, over twenty people have been killed, with several others sustaining various degrees of injuries while several houses have been burnt.”
Another eyewitness said “the attackers operated for several hours killing and burning down houses without any trace of security men to come to our rescue.”
According to the eyewitness, “these people took us unawares, and I believe they came from the nearby Plateau State. I think the level of damage would have been worse but for the fact that many of our people have gone to church.”
A pastor of one of the churches, said the death toll was “more than twenty” and that most of the victims were women and children who according to him “were attacked on their way to their various churches.
The Police have since drafted some of its men to the area to restore peace while many of the villagers have fled the area to avoid further attacks.