Herders dislodge 50,000 farmers in Nasarawa

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Herders dislodge 50,000 farmers in Nasarawa

No fewer than 50,000 Tiv farmers have been displaced from 13 villages in Doma Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa State.

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It was learnt that they fled their homes following attacks by gunmen, suspected to be herders.

The news followed another revelation that Boko Haram has taken over Kaure Village in Shiroro local government and hoisted their flag.

Armed bandits have sacked 50 other villages in five other local government areas in the state.

The displaced settlements in Nasarawa State are Dooshima, Antsa, Dooka, Angwan Yara, Ikyayior, Targema, Tse Tor, Chia, Umurayi, Dooga, Gindan Rail, Ajikamaka and Ankoma all in Ekye development area of Doma South.

The internally displaced persons are now taking refuge in Kardoroko in Keana LGA and Agyaragu in LGAs.

Some fled to relations/friends’ homes in Kardoroko and Agyaragu while others left for Daudu in Guma Local Government Area.

Last Saturday at about 2am, gunmen shooting and chanting war songs attacked three villages in Doma killing nine persons.

The villages are Ajikamaka, Gidan Rail and Ankoma settlements near Rukubi where Olam Farm is located, a border town between Nasarawa and Benue State.

Most of the victims were asleep when the attackers surrounded the villages, set fire on thatch houses and opened fire as the occupants attempted to escape.

Police spokesman, ASP Ramhan Nansel, confirmed that nine bodies, including that of women and children, were recovered following the attack.

The deceased are Tsekaa Chiatyo, Kwaghdoo Tsekaa, Sewuese Tsekaa, Bobo Chiatyo, Aondosee Fidelis, Aboy, Igba Aduku, Iwuesi and Aseer.

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, described the Doma killings as callous and inexcusable, adding that the criminals would be apprehended and punished according to the law.

Sule, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Addra, said security operatives had commenced investigation to expose the perpetrators.

He said: “An attack that does not spare women and children bears the trademark of devilish elements that are bent on truncating the relative peace in the state.

“A thorough investigation by security operatives has since commenced to expose the criminals and punish them according to the laws of the land.

“My condolences and prayers are with families of those who lost their lives.

“I urge them and the rest of our citizens to be assured that this administration will do all within its power to ensure justice, peace and security across the state.”

The governor also called for calm and support for law enforcement agents in the collective fight against evil.

The governor’s Senior Special Assistant on conflict resolution, Moses Utondu, repeated the appeal for calm while addressing displaced persons yesterday in Kardoroko and Agyaragu.

He described Governor Sule as a man of peace that would immediately see to their plight.

“My assessment so far has shown that our people are truly displaced; it is not about speculations. But my courage and comfort is that our governor is somebody who is committed to peace. We are here to see things for ourselves and we are going to report back to the governor and he will take prompt action” he said

He was accompanied by other officials and the newly elected President, Tiv Development Association (TIDA) Nasarawa State, Peter Ahemba; the Youth President, Bananas Zayol and the TIDA women leader Mrs Helen Iorshashe.

Utondu blamed the crisis on the implementation of the anti-open grazing law in Benue State, adding that it was having an adverse effect on the indigenous Tiv farmers in Nasarawa State living on the borderlines.

Ahemba lamented the situation, but also called for calm.

He said: “The situation is so pathetic, so sympathetic, you have seen it all; the people are in very deep pains, they are displaced as a result of the crisis in Doma South last three days.”

Source: The Nation

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