Emmanuel Ukumba in Lafia
Tension has enveloped Nasarawa State as thousands of Tiv farmers in the state have deserted their abodes following attacks on some communities in the neighbouring Benue State by men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen last Monday.
The communities deserted by the Nasarawa Tiv farmers include Boutsa, Demekaa, Ayoosu, among other villages in Keana Local Government Area of the state for fear of being attacked by the rampaging herdsmen.
The deserted farmers are reported to be currently taking refuge at Keana South Primary School.
The President of Tiv Youth Organisation in Nasarawa State, Peter Ahemba, while addressing the displaced Tiv people in Keana, regretted the untold hardship being experienced by his kinsmen as a result of the unfortunate development.
He pointed out that the harassment of Tiv people of Nasarawa State by
herdsmen as a result of the implementation of anti-open grazing law by the Benue State Government must not be allowed to continue as the Tiv people of Nasarawa State have nothing to do with the anti-grazing law enacted in Benue State.
“Since the implementation of the anti-open grazing law by the Benue
State Government, the herdsmen have continued to harass our people here in Nasarawa State as if we are party to the decision of the Benue State Government,” he said.
Ahemba then appealed to the Nasarawa State and federal governments to mobilise adequate security operatives to the troubled areas so as to prevent further break down of law and order as well as ensure the quick return of the deserted farmers to their homes.
The Tiv youth leader therefore appealed to the victims to remain calm as government was already taking measures to arrest the situation.
When contacted over the incident, the Nasarawa State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Kennedy Idirisu, confirmed the development but however said the farmer were leaving their homes on apprehension as there was no attack on their homes by the alleged herdsmen.