An ambush by gunmen on Tati village in Taraba state’s Takum LGA has claimed the lives of six Nigerian Soldiers.
On Tuesday about 10 p.m., a big group of gunmen stormed the community. In a ferocious gun battle, they were alleged to have fought 93 battalions.
The attackers, on the other hand, overcame the forces, killing six soldiers and kidnapping one commanding officer, a lieutenant colonel.
A sources said the;
“whereabouts of the senior military officer and his orderly are unknown hours after the attack”.
“Brigadier General was in the convoy”, said another source who was unsure of the situation.
Dauda Tata (7NA/44/4046), Yusuf Salihu (95NA/40/5031), Ndubuise Okonkwo (96NA/42/6911), Abdullahi Ibrahim, Emmanuel Jerry (14NA/72/14051), and Sani Isa were among those killed, according to the army.
According to military sources, the gunmen ambushed and attacked troop reinforcements dispatched from Marraraba, but the forces fought their way out using anti-ambush drills.
Two shooters were killed, according to the sources, while others were wounded and escaped.
One AK-47 rifle, two AK-47 magazines, 19 rounds of 7.62mm(SP) ammo, one handgun, seven rounds of 9mm ammo, one locally-made gun, three MCs, charms, and N15,120 were found by the troops.
A search and rescue operation for the commanding officer, who was apparently abducted, was underway at the time of reporting this story.
Insecurity in Taraba
Before the recent attack, remember that in 2021, Cameroonian soldiers raided Manga community in Takum council, murdering eleven people, prompting Taraba State Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku to ask on the federal government to send more troops to the state’s border communities as soon as possible.
This, he claims, is to check the operations of amazonian soldiers from the Republic of Cameroon, who have been terrorizing the locals.
Shiban Tikari, Chairman of Taraba State’s Takum Local Council, raised the alarm in April 2021 about the presence of gunmen thought to be militias in the local council and its vicinity.
Former Minister of Defence General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd.) and Governor Darius Ishaku live in Takum. In the southern section of Taraba, innocent civilians and security personnel have been victims of insecurity.