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Suspected herdsmen kill 5 in Adamawa

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herders have attacked three communities in Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing five people.

The villages of Murposa, Bankam and Wuro Hausa areas of Girie were all affected as an elderly man suffering from a leg injury and a blind man, as well as three youths, were killed in the attack.

The incident occurred on Thursday morning, according to witnesses who identified the five victims including one Baba Zibion who was unable to run because he had been suffering from a leg problem, and Baba Elnathan, who also could not run from the attackers because he was blind.

The other three victims were identified as Ethan and two of his friends with whom he went to one of the affected villages for timber work.

Girei is one of the three LGAs that forms what is generally called Yola, the Adamawa capital territory. It lies next to Yola North and Yola South LGAs.

The Adamawa State Police Command confirmed the attacks on Girei through its Public Relations Officer, DSP Othman Abubakar, who said the situation had been brought under control and police personnel have been drafted to beef up security in the affected areas.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.