Nath Gbaoron, Lafia
The Tiv community of Nasarawa state has appealed to the Federal and Nasarawa state governments to urgently intervene and halt the ongoing attacks and killing of innocent Tiv people by armed herdsmen across the southern part of the state.
President, Tiv Development Association (TIDA) in Nasarawa State, Comrade Peter Ahemba made the appeal at the weekend while speaking with journalists in Lafia, the state capital.
He alleged that the Tiv people had been targeted and singled out for attacks by heavily armed herdsmen, stressing that scores of innocent Tiv farmers have so far been murdered and displaced from their communities across Doma, Keana and Obi Local Government areas of the state.
Ahemba while also alleging that the Tiv people are being Slaughtered by herders like animals further pointed out that intelligence report at the disposal of the leadership of TIDA indicated that the heavily armed herders were mobilising to launch more deadly attacks on Tiv settlements across the southern zone and parts of Kokona and Nasarawa Local Governments of the state to ensure total extermination of the Tiv nation of the state.
“Scores of our people have so far been massacred by armed herders in the last few days and thousands displaced from across Doma, Keana and Obi LGAs of the state”
“Chabo village has completely been reduced to ashes. A deadly attack was launch on Ajo village in Keana LGA, just as the entire Tiv population in Doma has been displaced while many others trapped in remote villages are being killed.”
The TIDA President described the attacks on the Tiv farmers as barbaric, noting that the Tiv people of the state knew nothing about the recent airstrike at the borders of Nasarawa and Benue states which was being used as reason for the massive killing of the Tiv farmers and destruction of their property.
“We call on the State and Federal Governments to come to our aid by deploying adequate security operatives to our settlements in the affected LGAs. Our people are still trapped and all escape roots blocked by the herders, who are now slathering them like animals.”