Nigeria is now faced with a new threat on its eastern border with Cameroon, as separatist forces unleashed terror on residents of the Nigerian village of Manga in Takum LGA of Taraba State.
The separatist forces fighting for an independent Ambazonia attacked Manga early today and killed the traditional ruler and 10 other people.
Joseph Manga, the brother of the slain traditional ruler and the Senior Special Assistant to the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone interview.
He disclosed that the Ambazonian soldiers first attacked the border community in Cameroon Republic before crossing over to Nigeria to unleash mayhem.
“The Ambazonian separatist soldiers attacked my village Manga which is a border community between Taraba State and Republic of Cameroon in Takum LGA,” he said.
“They, first of all, attacked a village on the other side of the divide and killed people before crossing over to do the same here.
“My elder brother is the traditional ruler there; they laid ambush and killed him in his palace before proceeding to kill others.
“The death toll at the moment is 11 including my brother the traditional ruler, we are still combing the bush to recover more bodies or possibly those hiding.”
Other residents of the community are said to still be missing as they are suspected to have fled to other communities for safety.
However the Chairman of Takum Local Government Area, Shiban Tikari estimated the dead at five.
“I can confirm to you that we have so far recovered 5 bodies from the scene and others are still being sought for in nearby bush.
“My team alongside the military visited to restore normalcy and ensure that such thing does not repeat itself.
“For now we do not know those that came to attack but news filtered in saying that they are Ambazonian separatist soldiers from the Republic of Cameroon.”