Gunmen attacked the city of Bali, the headquarters of Bali’s local government in Taraba state, on Sunday evening, killing three people while allegedly kidnapping many others by the attackers.
Several sources in Bali told our correspondent on the phone that the attackers riding motorcycles attacked and killed a staff of Taraba Marshall at a checkpoint near the General Hospital before going to individual homes to kill and kidnap people.
Zaki David Gbaa (Ter Tiv Bali II) told Stand online that two of his subjects were killed and dozens of women were kidnapped in the attack.
“The attackers invaded the city at about 11 p.m. Two of my subjects died in the attack, and two others who were seriously injured are being treated in hospital.
“Many people, especially women, were kidnapped. It is a terrible situation and I would like to call on the government and security services to sit up and ensure the protection of civilians’ lives and property.
“For more than four hours, the bandits kept firing sporadically in the city and there was no response from security services. People are losing hope in the government’s ability to protect them and I think the bandits are just our security forces,” he said.
However, the traditional ruler appealed to the government to support the wounded being treated in hospitals.
Our correspondent reports that the attack took place just three days after bandits blocked the Mutum-Biyu-Garba Chede road, killing a driver and kidnapping passengers in the neighboring Gassol Local Government area of the state.
Attempts to get police to respond to the attack failed as the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP. Abdullahi Usman did not pick up the calls to his line.