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50 Killed in Fresh Tiv-Fulani Herdsmen Clash

01 Dec 2011

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Governor of Benue State, Mr. Gabriel Suswam

By George Okoh        

Over 50 persons have been reported killed and property worth millions of Naira destroyed by Fulani herdsmen in a renewed attack on Tiv communities in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.

The crisis, which has taken a dangerous dimension, is also gradually creeping into Makurdi town with scores of refugees fleeing the crises area into the town.

THISDAY gathered that the areas hardest hit by the renewed attack include Tiv settlements at Dooga, Kpata, Lokobi Ajimaka, Ekeae, Giza, Yogbo and Mbagwem communities.

It was also gathered from an eyewitness, who fled the fighting with his wife and children from Kpata village, Mr. Tyopine Agar, that the number of the dead could exceed the figure, stressing that as many as over 350 persons are yet to be unaccounted for.
According to him, "many of our people were in the farms when the crisis erupted and up till now no one knows their whereabouts".

Agar alleged that the  herdsmen who were assisted by the Alagos residing on the border of Benue and Nasarawa States in Doma town laid siege on their villages, shooting and burning their houses and property.

Moved by the level of devastation in the communities, Speaker of the Benue House of Assembly, Hon. Dave Iorhemba, who paid an unscheduled visit to some of the refugees who were camped at the LGEA Primary School Kadarko lamented the recurrent attack on the Tiv communities by the herdsmen.

Iorhemba, who urged the people to remain calm regretted the insensitivity of the Nasarawa State Government to the plight of the victims of the attack  also called on the Benue and Nasarawa state governments to take decisive steps to check the carnage.

He also implored the two states to act on the recommendations of the peace committee set up by the states by releasing a white paper on the findings of the panel set up last June to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the crisis.

He said: “Aside being the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, the people affected in these skirmishes are my constituents and Tiv communities affected in Nasarawa State have contributed in no small measure to the socio-political development of the state and therefore deserve the protection of the state government.”

"What is happening is rather unfortunate and heart rendering. On the part of the Benue State government we have already started releasing relief materials to the displace people but unfortunately no such assistance is coming from the Nasarawa State Government", the Speaker said.

He also called on the National Emergency Management Agency to step in with the relief materials to the displaced who are in their thousands.

Iorhemba further called on the two state governments to create grazing routes for the herdsmen to forestall further destruction of farmlands of the communities and the consequent bloodbath.

Reacting to the matter, the Village Head of Dooga, one of the ravaged villages, Zaki Tsashaku lamented the level of devastation in the communities just as he called on the Benue and Nasarawa state governments to jointly deploy security personnel to the affected communities before the crisis escalates into major towns of both states.

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  • Refugees in their own state?

    when would the authorities stop these annoying fulanis, i doubt if they are even citizens of this country.
    They are the major problem we are having in the Middlebelt region...Talk of Plateau crisis, Benue and Nasarawa...enough is enough forthese aliens!

    From: trinitee

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • enough of all these...refugees in their own homes
    its high time these aliens are stopped.

    i doubt if they are citizens of this country but they are the major cause of our problems.
    Plateau crisis, nasarawa, and Benue. whats wrong with them?

    From: trinitee

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • enough is enough for these aliens!
    they are not real citizens but a major problem to our country.

    Benue Nasarawa and Plateau State....they are involved!
    Enough is enough, haven't we tolerated too much from these fulanis?

    From: vjones

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Up Till Now we are still killing, destroying and burning properties, what a petty.
    (I calling Nigerian to go on their nee and pray to God, to come for our rescued).

    From: Udah Paul

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • In less than a month Kafanchan, B/Ladi and now Guma again...what this portends to us in the Middle Belt is that war is no longer knocking on our door steps but is being gradually domiciled, with its collateral loss of lives, property and man-hour of precious time. It is a wake up call for us all. Time is fast running out.

    From: Worom Fan

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Enough of these Fulanis? can't BENUE STATE government do something about it?

    From: israel

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It is sad to see this crisis going to the relatively peaceful Benue State. In the name of God Almighty, when shall we begin to treasure human lives? Whether Fulani, whether Tiv, whether Birom, whether Hausa, we should all realise that the most esteemed creature in this mother earth is the human soul and must not continue to callously waste it. All those involved in these dastardly acts must please halt their mischievous activities that are only succeeding in diving us as a people.

    From: Bazamfare

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Why are the Tivs always at war with their neighbours? Yesterday it was with the Jukuns of Taraba state; The other day it was with the Ogojas of Cross River state and today it is with the Fulanis and Alagos of Nassarawa state. The scripture says love your neighbour as you love yourself.

    From: Nwuzopi.

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • While I commiserate with those whose loved ones have been affected by this senseless carnage, I also urge the good people of the affected area not to take any uncalculated revenge against any creed or ethnic group living in their domain as this will only further escalate the situation to the joy of these mischief makers. The truth about the perpetrators of these heinous acts is that they are only after grazing land and will not spare any soul when any attempt is made to thwart such ambition. They have done this in Sokoto, they have not this in Gombe and they can do it anywhere. I think the government should seriously think about demarcating grazing land for them.

    From: Bazamfare

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Gowone and David Mark , please what is happening with your so called One Nigeria we stand ?.Your so called one Nigeria is on fire more so your brothers and sister is being kill like rates as you kill the Igbos.See yourself-One Nigeria we must all stand till the end-chikina

    From: John

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I came to the conclusion many years ago that Nigeria should not be one nation. It is an ill-conceived contraption of the British colonial powers. The North seems to always have an agenda which dictates that it is their way or bloodshed. Why cant we peacefully negotiate a confederation where each part is independent? The politicians would rather have a powerful central government for the whole country so that they can do as they please.

    I dont see Nigeria ever moving forward till we actually confront the issue and determine the merits and demerits of staying together. Some people want to move forward and some others who are not willing to progress are dragging others back...it does not augur well for anyone.

    From: Danladi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • While I want to state that the recurring skirmishes in the north central states of plateau, Nasarawa and Benue are so sad and must be condemned in its entirety, I want to state too that public officers such as the speaker of Benue state assembly should learn to avoid being sentimental comments just because he felt his people were hit by the crises. Has he taken time to verify who were the cause of the crisis or to find out the level of injuries that also afflicted the other opponents of the crisis? These are issues that require diligence and caution. You dont just come out and make statements that will further escalate the already bad situation. What is most important is to find a lasting solution to the persistent crisis not to begin to aportion blames which are not even verifiable. And you call yourself honorable, what is honorable about you for making such senseless comment about a whole state goverment? Learn to be a leader. May the souls of the departed rest in perfect peace.

    From: Babs Ari

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I wish they could come to my state and do this rubish. I blame the Benue indigines for giving them that kind of opportunity.

    From: Victor Valentine

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The Hausa Fulani people are plagued with the deadly concoction of illiteracy and Kill-your-neigbour religion. As barbarians, they are not aware of anything called civilization or dialogue. That is what you all need to understand.

    From: Kilimanjaro

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I hope the Fulanis are are not planning to turn Benue State into another Plateau State.

    From: Lizi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Thank God, the media are now reporting the true issue rather than using the opportunity to attack Islam. Let us hold people responsible for this killing accountable rather than blaming Islam and just classify all uprising as Muslim / xtians fight.. and as such nobody is held accountable.

    This is a very good step to stopping this killing... Criminals are criminal there is no religion that condole this crime..

    From: Ayodele

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • hw can this govt watch nigerians die like rat is a pitty, this gvt of goodluck is a total failure.

    From: solomon

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I'm just wondering aloud how we expect these souls; innocent as I want to believe to rest, after being gruesomely murdered. The situation is not just a new experience in Nigeria as peoples lives are trampled upon at the slightest inkling of provocation. The herdsmen i must say are notorious of being callous to the extent of taking a human life in defending that of a cow. While i will refrain from making judgement, the greatest deceit in Africa is to claim that Nigeria is one. We had never being one and we don't even pretend to flaunt our differences to the world. if those in the corridors of power deem it fit to do the right thing of correcting the anomalies, without cursing them, they shouldn't rule themselves out of becoming victims, someday, somewhere, somehow.

    From: frfelix

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • it is clear that fulanis are unforgiven type. You can try rubbish with hausas. Hausas tolerate any form of rubbish including a massacre. Unfortunately no body recognise their sacrifices. Lets live peacefully in our own interest. You can not kill and expect to live peacefully. living peacefully is a collective responsibility.

    From: muhdK

    Posted: 2 years ago

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