No fewer than three persons were killed by gunmen on Sunday when a community,Bali town, the headquarters of Bali local government area of Taraba state was attacked.
Several others were reportedly abducted by the assailants.
Eyewitnesses who spoke with newsmen on phone said the attackers rode on motorcycles assaulted and killed a personnel of Taraba Marshall at a checkpoint near General Hospital before proceeding to individual houses to kill and abduct people.
Zaki David Gbaa (Ter Tiv Bali II) told Journalists that two of his subjects were killed and scores, mostly women were abducted in the attack.
“The attackers invaded the town at about 11: pm. Two of my subjects were killed in the attack, and two others who were badly injured are receiving treatment in the hospital.
“Many people especially women were abducted. It’s a terrible situation and I want to call on the government and security agencies to sit up and ensure the protection of the lives and property of citizens.
“For over four hours, the bandits held the town shooting sporadically and there was no response from security agencies. People are losing hope in the government’s ability to protect them and I think the bandits are not more than our security agencies,” he said.
The traditional ruler however called on the government to support the injured ones who are receiving treatment in hospitals.
The attack came barely three days after bandits blocked the Mutum-Biyu- Garba Chede road, killing a driver and abducting passengers in the neighbouring Gassol Local Government area of the State.
Efforts to get the Police to react to the attack failed as the call put on to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP. Abdullahi Usman was not successful.