OVER 10,000 Tiv farmers who fled their homes as a result of the ongoing killings by suspected herdsmen in Nasarawa State are allegedly stranded in Lafia.
Checks by our correspondent revealed that the fleeing farmers including women and children were seen in large numbers under trees and uncompleted buildings at Tudun Kauri, Bukansidi Angwan Nungu and Mararaba-Lafia among other places in Lafia metropolis.
One of the fleeing persons and a mother of seven, Mrs. Mbakeren Nyigba, who was seen with four little children under a cashew tree around Lafia City Stadium, told our correspondent that she lost her husband in one of the serial attacks by herdsmen and does not know anybody in Lafia, hence she decided to take refuge under the cashew tree.
Senator representing Nasarawa South, Suleiman Adokwe, had told journalists that not less than 20 persons were killed in the latest attacks on Tiv communities in the southern senatorial zone.
Adokwe, who made the disclosure while donating relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Agwatashi, Obi, Agyaragu and Doma communities, said “In the last one week, the attacks have intensified and persisted. A lot of lives have been lost. At the last count, we know that not less than 20 people died and we are still counting because there are still people in the bush.
‘‘I am not trying to be sensational, but bringing the graphic truth to the Nigerian public. The sooner government keeps its words that it will send the military to crush this thing once and for all, the better for everybody.”
Accordingly, Adokwe, who is the Senate Committee Chairman on Information and Orientation, said if government fails in that responsibility “it would leave the people with no choice but to run helter-skelter and those pushed to the wall will fight back.”
“In most cases you will find that we are playing the Ostrich; this thing is from Benue State, it is not here. But people are dying. I have also exposed the fact that the common fate between Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and Plateau States is one because we used to be Benue-Plateau State. That is what we are today. All of Wukari division was in Benue-Plateau State. So what affects Benue affects Nasarawa, Plateau and Taraba States,” he said.
Nigerian Pilot reports that apart from the over 10,000 stranded IDPs in Lafia, over 80,000 others are currently taking refuge at Agwatashi, Obi, Agyaragu, Deddere, Keana, Doma, Kadarko, Awe towns, among other places, just as others have crossed over to Daudu and Makurdi towns in Benue State.

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