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Tiv Socio- Cultural Group Seeks International Intervention Over Recent Killings In Nasarawa, Others

From JOHN Shiaondo, Makurdi.: 
The Mdzough u Tiv, the Socio- Cultural Organisation of the Tiv nation has called for international intervention to  halt what it described as  “the on going genocide against the Tiv people of Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states “ with  the Mondday’s  alleged massacre of twelve persons in Kadarko, Nasarawa state.
In a statement in Makurdi, the organisation’s President – General, Chief Edward Ujege said “ with  several other persons still missing, there is the strong possibility of the figure rising.”
The statement reads in part:
“It will be recalled that the leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore had made it abundantly clear that the crisis in these states is a struggle for the resources in the Benue Valley, and that they will invite Fulani from across the world to annihilate the present inhabitants and take over.
“They stated this position at a press conference on Tuesday 30th May 2017 in Abuja.
Before this distasteful boast of horror, several communities across the states listed above had been attacked for more than 100 times from 2011 till date.
Fulani leaders set the stage for last night’s attack on Kadarko by claiming the previous day that Tiv militia from Benue state had attacked and killed 73 of their cows.
“We drew attention to the fact that this report was an obvious mockery of their brutal murder of 73 persons including pregnant women, children and old men who were accorded a mass burial on January 11, 2018.
“We also pointed out the painful, reprehensible, offensive and provocative comparison between cattle and human lives.
“The whole world is aware of the impunity of these attacks which the herdsmen openly boast about, citing the rustling or killing of their cattle.
“If the Federal Government or those saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property had not granted immunity from arrest and prosecution to these murderous herdsmen, they would have realized that resort to self help under any circumstances is not permitted under the law.
Herein lies the desperation of the Tiv and several other ethnic groups in the Benue Valley who have become targets of annihilation by herdsmen with obvious backing by the federal government.
While the killings in Benue continue, thousands of Tiv people have been displaced in Awe, Doma,Keana and Obi local government areas of Nasarawa state.
“Apart from the enormous humanitarian challenges arising from these attacks, that of last night has compounded the situation with thousands of people fleeing their homes for fear of further attacks.
So far, the Nasarawa  state government that has the responsibility to cater for its citizens in the four local governments mentioned above who are in 15 camps, has been paying lip service to their plight.
Governor Tanko Al-Makura must rise up to perform his constitutional responsibility of taking care of these Nasarawa state citizens.
“Still the Tiv people in the diaspora and all men and women of goodwill must realize that the Tiv race is under threat of annihilation and they must intervene urgently”.

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