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Tiv community alleges persistent attacks on members in Nasarawa


The Tiv community in Nasarawa State has decried what it termed persistent attack on its natives despite the presence of security operatives to repel the rampaging herdsmen.

According to community leaders at Kadarko in Keana Local Council of the state, three houses belonging to the Tiv were set ablaze by suspected herders at the weekend.

Terhemba Haatyev, a leader in the area, said the buildings were razed by the nomads at about 2:00a.m.

“These herdsmen have not relented in their attacks despite the presence of security operatives. We were taken aback by the hoodlums when three houses were again set ablaze and no single item taken from them,” he claimed.

Another community head, Victor Gwer, alleged that at Azhe village, the herdsmen confiscated four motorcycles from some youths.

His words: “The four boys narrowly escaped being slaughtered by the herdsmen when they went to their village to ascertain whether the settlement was safe for them to return as being preached by the government.

“There is nothing like peace yet in the Tiv communities in Nasarawa because the killers are still very much on ground. We can’t even think of returning now because that will be suicidal.

The President of the Tiv Development Association (TIDA), Boniface Ifer, also told The Guardian in Kadarko yesterday that their communities were being attacked on a daily basis by the herders.

He said: “ We are shocked over the incessant attacks on Tiv communities in spite of the presence of security operatives. These herdsmen are really out for something else. With all the efforts to ensure peace between the Tiv and the Fulani, we are still attacked almost on a daily basis.”

The TIDA president called on security agents to expand their operations to the hinterland where majority of his people and the attackers are holding sway.

The overseer of Giza Development Area, Adamu Adi, who also confirmed the development, regretted the situation against the backdrop of an existing peace agreement and presence of security agents.

He lamented that the measures by Governor Tanko Al-Makura to end the carnage were not yielding desired outcome.
“We are overwhelmed by the endless attacks on the villages though we will not relent in our efforts to enthrone peace,” Adi added.

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