Disturbed by the attacks and persistent killing of their kinsmen by suspected Fulani militiamen, Tiv leaders in Taraba State, yesterday stormed the Government House where they presented the corpses of the victims of the attacks to Governor Darius Ishaku.
The two victims, who were butchered, were allegedly killed on their farms in the early hours of yesterday in Dan-Anacha, Gassol Local Government Area by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that crisis erupted in the area last week; a few days after Governor Ishaku held a series of meetings with stakeholders on ways to restore peace to the troubled areas.
gov-ishakuIn that incident, six people were killed while several others were injured.
Presenting the corpses to the governor, the spokesman of the Tiv leaders, Chief John Shagbaor, said that the Fulani herdsmen started killing his people on Thursday last week without any provocation.
He said that the Fulani were opposed to the Tiv’s return to the area after they were chased out last year, adding that they held a meeting with the leadership of Miyetti Allah on Wednesday last week only to be attacked again the next day.
Shagbaor lamented that a Fulani man, popularly called Alhaji Zumo, who had been “exceptionally good to the Tiv returnees, giving them money and food, was killed on his way to the farm by his kinsmen to stir up the crisis.”
He continued: “Our crops are gone. Since the crisis started, we are not going to the farms and the herdsmen freely graze on our crops. What remains of us is our lives, so the government should protect us as citizens of the state. Our relations who sustained injuries are dying in the hospital because of lack of funds to pay their bills. We appeal to the state government to take over their treatment.”
He insisted that they were armless and not prepared for any form of crisis and as law abiding citizens they were appealing to the government for protection.
While receiving the delegation, the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Anthony Jellason, who represented the governor, enjoined them to remain calm as the government was doing everything possible to ensure that there is peace so that they can return to their homes.
The governor described the crisis as unfortunate and condoled with the people over the killings of their loved ones, saying that the government had directed the Commissioner of Police to deploy more security personnel in the area to curtail the attacks.
According to him, “Government is disturbed that the attacks are persisting and we are doing everything to broker peace and ensure that people live peacefully with one another, irrespective of their differences.”
The Caretaker Chairman of Gassol council, Alhaji Tukura Bashir, wondered why the Fulani were interested in the crisis. He appealed to them to give credible information which could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the evil acts.

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