Unknown gunmen, attacked a Mobile Police checkpoint in Chanchanji village of Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State in the early hours of Wednesday, killing a police officer.
Sources said the gunmen rode on motorcycles, opened fire on the police officers who were manning the checkpoint, killing an officer, while four other pedestrians were injured in the attack.
It was alleged, that the gunmen made away with the rifle belonging to the police man after killing him.
Mr. Terna Ahua a resident of Chanchanji described that, “The gunmen rode on three motorcycles and passed at a high speed heading towards the bridge about 6:50am.
“After a while, we heard gunshots, but because of the insecurity around here, we did not rush to the area. It was after 30 minutes that we went out only to discover that a police officer was killed in the attack.
“Four other persons including the son of the Gara of Chanchanji were injured in the attack,” he said.
Ahua added that the Jukun youths suspecting that the gunmen might be Tiv people, launched a reprisal on people of the ethnic group in the area, burning two motorcycles and injured several others who were on their way to Peva market, which holds every Wednesday.
Reform Leha, the spokesperson for the Taraba State Police Command confirmed the attack.
“Yes one police officer who is on special duty to the area protecting the internally displaced persons was killed in the early morning attack” Leha said.
“Four other officers were also injured and are responding well to treatment at the Takum General hospital.”