Jukun people located in border areas between Taraba and Benue have asked Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom to stop Tiv militia from attacking and killing them.
The Kente Development Association who made the call and raised alarm that the Tiv militia are attacking and killing Jukun farmers in towns and villages located at the border area between Taraba and Benue states.
The association revealed that Jukun communities that came under attacks of Tiv militia include Akwana, Kente, Chonko, Tsokundi, and Rafinkada where several people mostly farmers were killed and many others injured.
The Association also sent save our souls complaints to Governor Darius Ishaku, Benue state government and the Federal government calling for urgent action against the activities of Tiv militia in the border areas of the two states.
The letter of complaint was signed by chairman and secretary of the association,Mr. Fred Agbu and Mr Ayuba Hosea.
They said the aim of the unprovoked attack was to completely stop the Jukun farmers from farming adding that most of the attacks carried out by the Tiv militia was on the farms.
“Our people who are mostly farmers were under constant attacks while working in their farms by the Tiv militia resulting to killing of many Jukun farmers,
“Now that rainfall started in southern Taraba and Wukari area in particular farmers may not farm this year if urgent action is not taken to stop the Tiv militia from attacking Jukun communities”the association said.
The Association also alleged that the attacks had discouraged the Jukun from going to their farms and other activities as it is now very risky to move around villages in the border areas of the two states because of the attacks by the Tiv militia.
” We wishe to draw the attention of the Federal Government,Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, that we are now under systematic and premeditated attacks by armed Tiv Militia from Tse-Hengadiya town of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State” the Association said.
The Association further alleged that aim of the fresh attacks is to prevent Jukun people who are mostly farmers from farming activities.
The Association also alleged that on 21st April, 2021 at about 9:10 am farmers from Kente town were attacked in their farms, and one Mr. Jacob Agbudouvgye Abe was killed with several others injured.
It further revealed that on 7th March, 2021 Danya Paul, Danjuma Jatua and Emmanuel Kopsank were killed at Byeban in Assa while on 14th April, 2021 three people were also killed by armed Tiv Militias in Rafin-Kada.”
These are names of few among several Jukun farmers who were attacked and killed by Tiv militia in many Jukun villages located at the border between Taraba and Benue states in recent weeks” the association said.
The association further stated that peace was restored in the area following sustained reconciliation initiated by Governor Darius Ishaku,the Aku_Uka of Wukari and Kente community leaders but however the Tiv militia started fresh attacks and killing of Jukuns in their number despite the peace agreement entered into.
” The ongoing attacks by Tiv militia in Jukun communities is a sad development and to say the least that the Tiv people are against peace and peaceful coexistence in Taraba State” the association alleged.
The association warned that enough is enough and warned the Tiv militia against further attacks in Jukun communities.
The association also advised Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and Tiv political and traditional leaders to call their Militias to order to embrace peace.
“The Federal and Taraba State Governments should mobilize and deploy more security personnel to Kente and its environs for sustainable peace and protection of lives and properties in line with their primary responsibilities” the association further said.
When contacted, the President Tiv Cultural Association in Taraba state, John Ayagwa declined to comment on the issue.
Bandits Chase Residents Out Of Kaduna Village For Failing To Pay Tax
Residents of Kidandan community in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna State were chased out of their ancestral homes in their hundreds over the weekend for failing to pay tax to bandits.
The bandits had raided their community for hours, shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the killing of many residents and abduction of many others.
Some survivors told reporters that the bandits, who had previously terrorized the community, increased their aggression after some farmers failed to pay the levies imposed on them.
The Kaduna State Police Command did not respond to the inquiries made about the incident, as the Command’s spokesman, ASP Mansur Hassan, promised to call our correspondent back but had not done so at press time.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, said: “For the past six days, bandits have been frequenting Kidandan. But this attack was particularly devastating. They instilled terror, stole belongings, and abducted our people.
“Every resident of Kidandan lives in extreme fear. Our women and children are leaving in large numbers. The sudden and unplanned exodus is striking. They seek safety, heading to Zaria and other seemingly secured areas to stay with friends and relatives.”
It was alleged that instead of a permanent security presence, patrols were the only form of occasional security in the community.
This, it was alleged, allowed the bandits to strike whenever they sensed the absence of security operatives.
The Kaduna Bombing Incident Will Not Be Swept Under The Carpet – Ribadu
The National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu has visited the Tudun Biri village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State to commiserate with the people over bombing incident.
While 85 persons were confirmed dead in the strike and scores were injured in the most recent military mishap, Ribadu and the lawmakers are commending the commitment of security agencies to reducing the security challenges in the region.
The NSA who was in the village on a fact-finding mission, assured that the bombing incident will not be swept under the carpet. He promised that a holistic investigation would soon commence to avert the recurrence of such an incident.
“We are here to physically see and also talk directly to the people, victims, and families and make an assessment for the Federal Government. It is a tragedy and misfortune. But it has happened. What matters is: how we move forward, what we going to learn from here, and what exactly we need to do,” Ribadu added.
He commended Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State for his display of maturity and leadership in handling of the unfortunate incident, particularly in providing relief materials and other logistics to the victims.
Kaduna Bombing: Northern Lawyers Vow To Sue FG
Lawyers, under the auspices of the Concerned Northern Forum, have vowed to institute legal action against the Federal Government, demanding the payment of adequate compensation for the victims of Tudun Biri bombed by the military airstrikes in Kaduna State.
Recall that over 120 villagers were killed while celebrating Maulud last Sunday night.
Speaking for the Northern Lawyers Forum, Barrister Nafi’u Abubakar, noted that the forum would ensure that the families that suffered irreparable loss as a result of this unfortunate incident get justice.
Nafi’u, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday, urged the Federal Government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure a thorough and independent investigation into this incident.
“It is imperative that those responsible are held accountable for their actions, and measures are put in place to prevent any recurrence of such incidents in the future.
“We also urge the Nigerian Army to reevaluate its rules of engagement and training procedures to prevent the loss of innocent lives during military operations. It is vital that the Nigerian Army, as a defender of the nation, exercises utmost caution to avoid any further instances of collateral damage and civilian casualties,” he said.
The forum, with over 600 members, extended their deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the tragic incident.
“We stand united with them in their grief and pledge our unwavering support in ensuring justice is served.
“The Concerned Northern Lawyers Forum will work tirelessly to pursue legal means to claim the compensation that is owed to the victims,” he said. Vanguard.
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