15 Passengers Missing, Driver, and 2 Others Escape As Armed Men Attack Bus In Taraba

Taraba Bus Attack / CenzoNaija
Taraba Bus Attack / CenzoNaija

No fewer than 15 passengers, including women and children, have been reported missing in an attack on an 18-seater bus transporting them from Zaki/Biam in Benue State to Maihura in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday.

It was gathered that the incident happened at Gankwe village along the Donga-Mararaban-Baissa road in the Donga Local Government Area of the state.

The driver of the bus, Mr. Mpuuga Mbaave, who escaped the scene of the incident with machete wounds, while narrating the incident to journalists on the phone,said the armed men who appeared in vigilante uniforms attacked his bus.

“I loaded 18 passengers from Zaki/Biam. Immediately after Maraba, I saw many people in Vigilante Group uniforms; they were many. I suspected something was wrong. I then stopped, but one of the villagers told me that I should go, saying two members of the Vigilante Group were killed by kidnappers. That was why they gathered, saying there was no problem and I should proceed.

“As I moved closer, some of the Vigilante Group started shouting—kill all of them. It’s their people that killed our members; they started attacking the passengers and cutting them with machetes.

“They removed all of us, forced us to lie facedown, and my bus was still on. When I discovered that it was getting out of hand, I decided to jump up to the bus and leave the passengers; my conductor also followed me; all of us were cut with machetes and blood was rushing out of our bodies; that was how we escaped and left the passengers in their hands,” Mpuuga narrated.

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