By Hindi Livinus for Punch
Some villagers in Dowaya, Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, have been reportedly killed in an overnight attack allegedly carried out by armed Fulani herdsmen.
According to some residents, the attack, which began around 8pm on Friday, raged till the early hours of Saturday due to the late arrival of security men stationed in Numam.
The attackers were said to have filled the air with gunfire and set several houses ablaze.
Votapwa Fwa, a resident whose relations were involved in the attacks, said women and children suffered heavy casualties.
Fwa said more than 21 dead bodies of women and children killed by the bandits were counted and evacuated when the attackers retreated, which was followed by military response several hours after the attacks began.
According to her, the wounded are receiving treatment at Babadiya Clinic in Numan.
It was gathered that over 2,000 residents displaced from their homes had thronged neighbouring Numan for refuge.
The police in the state are yet to confirm the attacks as calls made to the Commissioner of Police, Abdulahi Yarima, rang out on Saturday.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Adamawa State Police Command, Othman Abubakar, also did not return calls by our correspondent to confirm the attacks.
Since 2016, armed Fulani militia attacks over grazing land around the Benue River banks in Numan, Demsa and Girei have claimed over 222 lives, according to Pene Da Bwatiye, the socio-cultural umbrella group for natives living around the Benue trough of Adamawa.