From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The President, Tiv Development Association (TIDA) in Nasarawa State, Comrade Peter Ahemba, has called for more collaboration between Governor Engr Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State and his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom, to address the current security challenge affecting the two states.
Comrade Ahemba, made the call on Monday while briefing journalists on the the spate of killings and displacement of Tiv farmers in the state in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital.
He said that sustained collaboration between the two state governors was necessary to enhance border security and bring the current wave of killings in the two states to an end.
The TIDA president recalled that the Nasarawa state governor had since assumption of office in 2019 demonstrated his commitment to partner his Benue counterpart towards the sustenance of peace in the two states, stressing the need for all stakeholders of the affected states to support the peace initiative with every sense of sincerity.
He appealed to the state governor, Engr Sule to save his kinsmen from the current destruction of their lives and property by suspected herdsmen, saying that the invaders have, for the past one week sustained the unprovoked attacks on Tiv villages in Doma and parts of Keana Local Government Areas and killed no fewer than 18 persons since the first attack on Ajimaka community in Doma Local Government.
“The current security situation in Nasarawa and Benue states requires more synergy from the two governors and other relevant stakeholders from both states to be able to overcome the challenge.
“As I speak, more attacks are being launched. Our (Tiv) people are being slaughtered like animals. This is barbaric and we appeal to government to come to our aid.
“Just last night, suspected herders again attacked Tor-Abagi village, another Tiv settlement area in Keana and shot two persons; one died instantly and the other victim in person of Tyonyion Num is currently hospilised at the Keana General Hospital.
“Thousands of our people have been displaced as a result of this unwarranted attacks. What have we the Tiv people of Nasarawa state done to detrserve this?,” he said.
He called on the state governor to deploy more security operatives to all the affected Tiv villages and at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps located in Kadarko, Agbashi, Agyaragu, Keana and Doma towns.
The TIDA president also urged the state government to intensify more efforts towards restoring normalcy to enable Tiv people to return to their places of abode.