Nasarawa community decries confiscation of farmland

 

Tiv community in Kadarko chiefdom, Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, has called on the federal government to set up an independent commission of inquiry into the land dispute between it and the paramount ruler of Kadarko chiefdom, Osokadoko of Kadarko, His Royal Highness (HRH), Umaru Dodo.

The group further called on both the federal and state governments to intervene in the matter with a view to addressing it before it degenerated into crisis.

Addressing a news conference shortly after a meeting held at Mori village, spokesperson of the community, Hon. Willaim Audu, complained that most farmlands belonging his kinsmen in Kadarko chiefdom had been confiscated and given to Fulani herdsmen to settle on.

He complained that the herdsmen would always matchet his kinsmen whenever they were sighted on the farmland.

According to him, “Today alone, herdmen have matchetted seven of our kinsmen on the farm without any provocation. This is our ancestral land, but today the land is been taken away from us, we call on the federal government to set up an independent commission of inquiry to investigate this matter with a view to finding solution to it.

“We are peasant farmers, we depend on the land to feed our families and pay our children’s school feel, but today this land has been taken from us, we are helpless, we call on government to intervene.”

When contacted, the paramount ruler of the chiefdom, Osokadoko of Kadarko, HRH. Umaru Dodo, said: “The Tiv people don’t have land in Kadarko chiefdom, all the land in Kadarko chiefdom belong to the Alago people.

“Some of these parcels of land are subject of litigation in court, so I can’t speak further on matters that are already in court, but it if they have issues, they can approach the court, because court is for all,” said Dodo.

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