Herdsmen have reportedly killed 11 persons in Nasarawa state in the early hours of Saturday. The suspected herdsmen launched an attack on Ajimaka community, a Tiv settlement in the Doma Local Government Area of the state.
Peter Ahemba, the President of Tiv Development Association in Nasarawa state, who gave the figure of casualties during an interview.
Ahemba said the attacks on Tiv people of the state, particularly those living at the border areas between Benue and Nasarawa states had become frequent despite efforts by the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, and his Benue counterpart, Ortom, to ensure lasting peace.
“Each time the herdsmen have issues relating to implementation of the anti-open grazing law by the Benue State Government, they turn back to attack our Tiv people in Nasarawa State. We are Tivs in Nasarawa state. We are peace-loving people. The herdsmen must stop attacking our people for things we know nothing about “.
He said over 10,000 Tiv farmers in Doma and Keana local government area of the state have been displaced due to the incessant attacks.
Ahemba appealed to the federal and state governments to direct the deployment of security operatives in the area to avoid the breakdown of law and order. He urged the Tiv people in the state to remain calm and avoid taking the law into their own hands.
An eye witness said most of the victims are women and children.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ramhan Nansel, said the command was yet to receive an official report of the attack. He said, “The command has yet to receive an official report on the incident but immediately we get the report, something will be said about it.”
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