According to the him, the troops had responded to distress calls about clashes which was reported by the locals.
"Eight suspects have been arrested".
A statement by the Nigerian Army said that 23 dead bodies were also discovered at Mararaba Dare shortly before Rafiki Village with many civilians were wounded. As troops moved in to settle the dispute, the herdsmen opened fire on troops convoy.
"Two other soldiers who were injured are being treated in the hospital".
"Weapons recovered include one Ak 47 assault rifle with 26 rounds of 7.62mm special and one locally made single barrel loaded with 15 rounds". Yakubu Dati yesterday commiserated with the people of Bassa and Bokkos LGAs over the killings in the areas, saying orders had been issued to security agents to immediately arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the killings as the state would not condone any further killing again.
In a statement signed by Mr Rufus Bature, secretary to the government of the state, on Wednesday evening, Lalong urged the communities to sheath their swords and allow the law to take its course.
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This attack comes barely three days ago when gunmen killed four persons in Jos the Plateau state capital. He also said there were no security operatives in the area.
Over thirty persons were said to have been killed, several injured, and over 2, 000 displaced.
Confirming the attack, President of Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Hon.
"This is getting too much as people in Rafiki and Dutse Kura where there is a clash between the local vigilantes and Fulani terrorists to protect the people within the attacked areas".
On February 8, a delegation of the Catholic Bishops" Conference of Nigeria expressed their concerns to President Buhari, saying the attacks were being carried out by "terrorists masquerading as herdsmen" and accused the government of being "incapable or unwilling' to protect citizens from them.