Women of Kona community in Jalingo Local Council of Taraba State on Tuesday protested attacks and killings by gunmen who recently invaded their community.
The women who are protesting over the deaths of their husbands and children in the attacks marched through Kona Garu streets in Jalingo and ended at ATC.
They lamented that they are terrified by the incessant attacks as the bandits invade the communities on motorcycles shooting sporadically and burning down houses.
They also demanded the immediate release of their youths who they claimed were arrested by the police. The women also alleged that the Army interrupted their protest and injured some of them.
Commanding officer 20 Model Battalion, Serti, Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Adamu in a telephone interview, however, denied the involvement of his men in the women’s protest.
The Police spokesperson, David Misal said adequate security was given to the protesting women while marching the streets. He added that calm has been restored to the affected communities.
He also confirmed the arrest of some youths who he said were in possession of some dangerous weapons, adding that investigation is ongoing.
Villagers claim that not less than eight persons were killed in the attacks which affected communities in Kona and ATC and lasted from Sunday night till Monday morning.
The state government has since imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on the affected areas.