Bandits suspected to be herdsmen, at the early hours of Saturday April 24 killed over nine persons and injured scores in a Tiv settlement, Ajaniki in Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
The DAILY VENDOR News learnt that the bandits wielding sophisticated weapons, invaded the community at the wee-hours of the day, shooting sporadically and chanting war songs.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the State ASP Ramhan Nansel confirmed the attack but said he is yet to get details.
The affected victims according to an eyewitness account are women and children while others scampered for safety in the village as well as calling for help from the neighbouring villages.
The PPRO, said the Command was yet to receive an official report on the incident adding that the command would as usual step up investigation to unravel the cause of the incident.
Meanwhile he has appealed to the community in particular and the state at large not to take the law into their hands.
On his own part President, Tiv Development Association (TIDA) in Nasarawa state, Peter Ahemba who confirmed the incident in Lafia condemned the killings and described the dastardly act as unprovoked and unfortunate.
The TIDA president regretted the attacks on Tiv people of the state, particularly those living at the border areas between Benue and Nasarawa states whom he said have become a recurrent decimal despite efforts by the Nasarawa state governor, Abdullahi Sule and his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom to ensure lasting peace.
According to him, “Each time the suspected herdsmen have issues relating to implementation of the anti-open grazing law by the Benue state government, they turn back to attack our (Tiv) people in Nasarawa state.
We are Tivs in Nasarawa state. We are peace-loving people. The herdsmen must stop attacking our people for things we do not know about”
While lamenting the ugly development that has led to the displacement of thousands of Tiv farmers in the area, the TIDA President said the incident was coming at the time farmers were set to commence the current farming season.
Ahemba who acknowledged the efforts by the Nasarawa state government at ensuring that peace and security is strengthened and maintained at the border areas of the state, appealed to the state government to direct the deployment of security operatives to the area to forestall reappraisal and the break down of law and order.
He called on the Tiv people to remain calm and avoid taking laws into their hands despite the unprovoked attack as the state government was taking measures to restore normalcy.