Nasarawa attacks: IDPs stone gov’s convoy, death toll rises

Death toll in Saturday and Sunday attacks on Tiv villages by suspected Fulani herders in Nasarawa State has risen to 78, even as search for the recovery of corpses continued on Tuesday.

It was gathered that coordinated attacks made the entire Tiv nationalities in the state to desert their homes in Obi, Awe, Domain and Keana Local Government Areas of the state. Over 100, 000 persons are now taking refuge in the headquarters and other villages in the affected local governments.

The President, Tiv Youth Organisation in Nasarawa state, Peter Ahemba, confirmed the new casualty figure in Lafia on Tuesday.

According to him, additional dead bodies were recovered from Uluji, Ayaakeke, Uvirkaa and Usula, adding that most of the victims were those trapped in villages along the Agwatashi-Jangwa Road in Obi Local Government.

Ahemba said Corpses of those killed especially at Kertyo last Sunday and surrounding villages are yet to be recovered.

However, the convoy of Al-Makura was stoned by the aggrieved IDPs at Agwatashi when he visited the Obi Local Government Area of the state for an on-the-spot assessment of the IDP camps and other affected villages on Tuesday,

The IDPs, who were protesting the killing of their relations by suspected people believed to be Fulani herders, said they could no longer bear the incessant attacks on their communities.

The attack on Al-Makura’s convoy prevented the governor and his entourage including top government functionaries and security chiefs to proceed to Keana IDP camp as earlier arranged.

Reacting to the IDPs’ action, the governor described it as understandable in view of the psychological trauma they were experiencing. He said his government would continue to do everything possible to restore peace in the state. Copyright PUNCH

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