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Two community leaders were on Sunday found dead at the outskirt of the Namnai village in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. NAN reports that the deceased were the village heads of Namnai, Malam Musa Kachalla, and his ward head, Malam Manu Jahun. The Chairman of the local government,  Mr Tukura Bashir, confirmed the incident to NAN in Jalingo. Bashir said the leaders were on their way to settle a farmland dispute between herdsmen and farmers in the area. He explained that family members of the deceased raised the alarm after waiting for several hours without hearing from their loved ones on assignment outside the village. The chairman explained that a search party was later organised by the community, which discovered the corpses in a pool of their own blood. NAN learnt that the people fled from the area for fear of possible reprisal. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Joseph Kwaji, confirmed the development. Kwaji said the police recovered the bodies of the two persons, adding that they were murdered by yet to be identified persons. He added that the timely arrival of armed policemen in the community calmed down a rising tension. The PPRO said the command would investigate the incident with a view to bringing the culprits to book.

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