The attack of the Herdsmen is not decreasing, it’s still increasing everyday by Day and the FG is not doing anything about the lives of the innocent farmers that are being brutalized. They are loosing their family members everyday, especially the hardworking ones who are always in the farm working hard for the better future days.
On Monday, no fewer than 20 Tiv farmers were killed and 5,000 others displaced in Lafia, Obi, and Awe local government areas of Nasarawa State following attacks on 12 communities by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen. A source, who spoke to The PUNCH on the condition of anonymity in Lafia on Monday, said that the attacks started after the herdsmen discovered the corpse of their kinsman in a community in the Obi LGA.
He said, “The killings started since Friday and up until now, our people are still running and looking for where to hide because the herdsmen are fully armed. About 20 people have been declared dead by their relatives and I heard our community leaders saying that 5,000 Tiv farmers have been displaced as a result of the attack.” The President of Tiv Development Association in the state, Peter Ahemba, revealed that 20 corpses of his kinsmen had been recovered across the 12 affected communities in Lafia, Obi and Awe LGAs.
He mentioned the communities to include Chabo, Daar, Tse-Udugh, Ayaakeke, Kyor-Chiha, Usula, Hagher, Joor, Tyungu, Ugba, Angwan and Ayaba. He said, “Over 5,000 persons have been displaced across 12 communities and about 20 corpses have been recovered with the support of security agencies. Scores are still missing in bushes and we don’t know whether they are alive or dead” He added that the inhabitants of affected communities were killed by the suspected herdsmen. He called on both the state and the federal governments to do everything possible within their powers to restore normalcy to the affected communities.
Confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ramhan Nansel, said that a complaint was made on Friday that one Mr Umaru Idrisu of Gidan Washi Village in Obi LGA was attacked and killed by unknown armed men. He explained that upon receipt of the complaint, the Commissioner of Police, Adesina Soyemi, ordered the Divisional Police Officer in Obi LGA to move to the scene where the corpse was recovered and later taken to the hospital for a post mortem before it was released to the family for burial according to Islamic rites.
He said, “While investigation was ongoing, a suspected reprisal was carried out by unknown persons in Hangara village, Lafia East Development Area in Lafia LGA and crossed over to the neighbouring Kwayero Village of Obi LGA. “The following persons namely Sani Dauda, Danjuma Liambee, Uloho Jerry, Shedrack Kente, Boniface John, Tersoo Clement, Gwanje Soja and Ayuba Ali were attacked and killed; their corpses were recovered and taken to the hospital by the Police. The state Governor, Abdullahi Sule, condemned the incident and vowed to ensure that killers of a Fulani herdsman and Tiv farmers were arrested and prosecuted. Sule said this during a meeting he held on Monday with security chiefs, traditional rulers as well as Tiv and Fulani community leaders in the Obi Local Government Area of the state.
Let’s see if any actions will actually be taken according to the promises and Vows made by the State Governor, and they kept believing that it shouldn’t be like other empty promises and words of encouragement that has gone unfulfilled by the FG like they always do during their campaign