Over 70 In Nasarawa Renders Homeless and Scores Killed, TIDA President Alleges
The herdsmen/Farmers crises is no longer news so is the New Year massacres by the Herdsmen in various states.
Just days after marauding herdsmen left scores of Benue residents dead and maimed in their wake, suspected herdsmen have attacked Tiv farmers in Nasarawa State in the past four days, rendering over 70 homeless in Awe and Kneana Local Government Areas of the state.
Speaking to INDEPENDENT in Lafia, President of Tiv Development Association (TIDA) in Nasarawa State, Benard Kyegna, gave a graphic picture of the killings as according to him, “on the fateful day of New Year, a man was matcheted to death at Gidan Wurji in Awe Local Government Area while moving his farm produce to Awe town.”
He explained that another killing occurred on the same New Year Day when some armed herdsmen where returning from their attack on Benue State and gunned down a man they saw in his compound along Awe – Tunga road, in Awe Council Area of the state.
“We also received a report that two Tiv people were reportedly killed at Bakin Kortaa, a border settlement which is about 12 kilometres from the Benue/Nasarawa border line at about 7pm. Also a report in my village (Kwarra), in Keana Local Government Area, has it that the marauding herdsmen equally shut down three farmers while working on their farm.”
INDEPENDENT also gathered from a victim, Terzungwe Tachin, who escaped death by the whiskers from the ongoing herdsmen serial attacks in the state, that eight Tiv farmers have so far been killed in different locations in the two council areas of the state.
He gave names of locations where the herdsmen killed the eight people as Tse Kwaghtser – Tunga settlement, Kuduku, Nyashashu, Obosidoma and Kaambe – Jangaru.
When contacted, the Nasarawa State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Kennedy Idirisu, stated that only one person was killed.
Meanwhile, a joint security meeting of security military, police and paramilitary agencies was convened in Lafia to curtail the ongoing killings in both Benue and Nasarawa States.
Briefing journalists shortly after the security meeting, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operation, DIG Habila Joshak, said the meeting has vowed to bring those behind the killings in Benue State to book.
The DIG said: “We are making an assessment of the areas and the next action to be taken has been discussed. There is nobody that is too big to be brought to justice.”
The Inspector General assured the people of the states that the police in collaboration with other security agencies would go after the killers of Benue and Nasarawa States and bring them to justice.
Idris warned that nobody was above the law, saying that laws must be obeyed and violators must be brought to justice by any means possible.
SOURCE : INDEPENDENT