The death toll in the attack by herdsmen on Kodomun village in Adamawa state has increased to thirty The Punch reports.
The Adamawa State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Ghazzali has been criticised over his comment and handling of the herdsmen attacks on Kodomun, following the discovery of eight more corpses.
Youths from Kodomun who retrieved the corpses of the slain members of the community from the bush said, the recovery of the additional bodies had raised the death toll from the attacks which started on Friday to 30.
The Commissioner who visited the area on Monday shortly after the attacks by herdsmen, had reportedly claimed no life was lost.
Ghazzali explained that his refusal to deploy policemen to Kodomun, which had come under attacks, from herdsmen, earlier on Friday and Saturday, before that of Monday was done so as not to make him look like “taking sides”
He said, “My men were on the ground. We would not risk our men to be there just to give security to one side so that the other side will not think we have taken side with one side.
“There are two different people involved in these clashes: the herdsmen and the farmers. And we have to be very careful in handling such type of communal clashes.”
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