Hundreds of residents of Taraba border communities have fled their homes following the killing of 11 people, including a traditional ruler, by Ambazonian separatists from Cameroon.
Joseph Manga, brother to the slain traditional ruler and the Senior Special Assistant to the Taraba State Governor, confirmed the incident.
Reports emerged that the monarch and others were killed in the attack in the early hours of Wednesday at Manga village in Takum Local Government Area, a border community between Taraba State and the Republic of Cameroon.
The Ambazonian soldiers were also said to have burnt many houses and schools and carted away properties.
According to Manga, the Ambazonian soldiers first attacked the border community in Cameroon republic before crossing over to Nigeria to unleash mayhem.
He said: “The Ambazonian separatist soldiers attacked my village Manga which is a border community between Taraba State and the Republic of Cameroon in Takum LGA.
“They, first of all, attacked a village on the other side of the divide and killed people before crossing over to do the same here.
“My elder brother is the traditional ruler there; they laid ambush and killed him in his palace before proceeding to kill others.
“The death toll at the moment is 11 including my brother the traditional ruler, we are still combing the bush to recover more bodies or possibly those hiding.”
Other residents of the community are said to still be missing, as they are suspected to have fled to other communities for safety.