No fewer than 20 persons have been killed in attacks on four Adamawa State communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Reports said the mherdsmwn attacked and burnt down some villages in Numan and Demsa local government areas on Tuesday.
Among the dead was the spokesman for the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Sam Zadock.
Reports said it was a clash between Bachama and Fulani herdsmen.
Zadock and some Bachama militia were in a mission to counter a Fulani attack on some villages in Numan-Demsa area when he was shot dead.
The military said it arrested six of the herdsmen and killed 10 when they confronted soldiers.
Army spokesman, Col. Texas Chukwuemeka, who confirmed the development, said: ”
“Troops deployed in the Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State swiftly responded to a distress call and supported troops at Gwamba village, which was under attack by herdsmen on Tuesday.
“Despite the swift reaction to rescue the village from destruction, the notorious herdsmen set the village ablaze before troops could get to the community.
“The troops trailed the herdsmen and arrested six of them at Garigiji village while trying to escape. During the process of the arrest, the herdsmen showed resistance, which made the alerted troops to engage them and kill 10 of them.”
According to the army, items recovered from the herdsmen included one AK-47 rifle, 41 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one locally made rifle with 25 cartridges, one cutlass, looted clothes and one motorcycle.