Herdsmen (File photo)
Suspected AK 47 wielding Fulani herdsmen on Wednesday attacked Ihuman, one of the largest Tiv communities in Awe Local Government area of Nasarawa killing at least 7 persons and injuring several others.
According to NewTelegraph, the armed men attacked Ihuman village at about 5 pm Wednesday evening, shooting sporadically at the helpless villagers who had sneaked to their deserted village to pick some foodstuff.
It was gathered that the victims, who had been taking refuge at Kange town in Awe Local Government as a result of their earlier displacement in the serial attacks on Tiv communities in the southern part of the state, had gone to carry some food items in their homes when the attackers emerged from a nearby bush and opened fire on them.
A resident of the area, Mr. Philip Dodo, who narrowly escaped from the attack, told Nigerian Pilot that three of his relations were still missing from the incident.
President Tiv Youth Organization in Nasarawa state, Comrade Peter Ahemba confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with with NewTelegraph.
The Tiv youth leader, who spoke in an emotion-laden voice, to newsmen in Lafia, the state capital, said it was unfortunate that a particular ethnic nationality could be targeted for extermination without hindrance, noting that had reported the matter to appropriate authorities for necessary action.
His words “For us the indigenous Tiv people of Nasarawa state, we have no any other place to run to, and that is why we continuously count on our Governor, Excellency, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura for a solution on this unfortunate development”
“We appreciate the efforts being made by the state government and other stakeholders towards the restoration of in our communities but we can only stop crying to the authorities until a solution is finally found”. He noted.
Ahemba restated his call on the Tiv youths in the state not to resort to taking laws into their hands as the state government was tireless to end the killings.
When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer of the Nasarawa state command, DSP Idirisu John Kennedy said he had not been briefed about the attack.
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