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‘Over 32 Tiv killed in Taraba in January, February’


No fewer than 32 persons of Tiv extraction have reportedly been killed in attacks by suspected herdsmen in Taraba State since the beginning of this year.

The President, Tiv Cultural and Social Association, Goodman Dahida, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday in Jalingo, regretted that his ethnic nationality had been at the mercy of the herders.

He said: “‘The Tiv people of Taraba State have observed with a deep concern the continuous killing, maiming of our people and the destruction of property in form of guerrilla warfare going on in some parts of the state.”

Wondering why the ethnic group has been the one suffering casualties, the leadership of the group noted that  “it is pathetic to note that from January this year till date, a total of 32 Tiv people have been killed in various attacks here in Taraba.”

Citing areas like Ibi, Wukari, Gassol among others where the race had allegedly suffered setbacks, Dahida, noted that despite “the efforts of the state governor to restore peace and promote peaceful coexistence, unprovoked attacks and killings are still going on in the state with the possibility of further escalation if not quickly checked as the trend is fast spreading.”

Harping on the efforts so made by the group to halt any form of upheaval, he said Tiv traditional rulers in the state have been directed “ to help security personnel to fish out criminals in their localities.”

He added: “ We want to appeal to all traditional and opinion leaders in the state to help government in fighting crime for a peaceful society.”

They enjoined the governor to come up with urgent measures that would check “these senseless attacks and killings, promote peaceful coexistence and better the life of the herders among other benefits they stand to gain from the from the anti-grazing law.”

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