The police in Taraba State on Monday confirmed the death of three persons while no fewer than six others sustained injuries in another night attack on Maisamari town in the Sardauna Local Government Area of the state by a suspected militia group.
The police spokesman in the state, ASP David Misal, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Jalingo, said the incident took place during a cultural event called Nding-Chin.
The cultural event was said to be taking place in the area for the first time.
Misal, who said the area was now calm, disclosed that the command had deployed additional policemen to beef up security.
The Acting Chairman of the Sardauna Local Government Area, Godwin Sol, told NAN that the administration had earlier banned all cultural meetings and festivals because of the security situation in the area.
Sol, however, said he was surprised to learn that a group, which mobilised its kinsmen from surrounding villages, held a dance event in Maisamari against the council’s order.
He said security operatives were later mobilised to disperse the gathering.
The spokesman said due to the size of the crowd, a timeframe within which to end the event was given