Social critic and Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, said he advised the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to recall the displaced Hausas and Kabawas in Gbajimba, Guma Local Government Area as soon as he took over the reins of power.
“As at today, no single Hausa or Kabawa man is in Gbajimba where their ancestors lived for over 100 years, they are scattered and have fled to Abinsi and North Bank in Makurdi Local Government Area and some to Niger, Kogi, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Delta, Zamfara, Taraba and Kaduna States.”
Tsav, who stated this in a letter he wrote to Ortom on April 14, and made available to Nigerian Pilot in Makurdi, yesterday, said over 30,000 men, women and children, including the beaded chief of the Hausa, were forcefully dislodged from Gbajimba by youths led by one Abraham Kwaghngu who was then Ortom’s campaign secretary.
He stated that seven of them were murdered, their houses and centenary mosque destroyed, while their grinding machines and vehicles were carted away.
“I personally visited the area with the Atom Kpera Committee for Peace and Reconciliation on June 9. From what I saw, I was convinced that it was a premeditated attack. No wall of any building in the entire Hausa settlement was left standing,” Tsav emphasised.
Tsav, who is a retired Commissioner of Police, also hinted that the destroyed settlement has been earmarked for relocation of residents, saying it would amount to grave injustice and rape of the constitution which he said would be challenged appropriately.
“There are some of our Tiv brothers and sisters living happily in other states of the federation without harassment or molestation and carrying out their legitimate businesses in accordance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Why must we systematically chase out the Hausas/Kabawas who had lived with us for over 100 years?” Tsav asked rhetorically.

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