Some stakeholders of Tiv extraction in Nasarawa state have alleged that some of their kinsmen were killed in the state in some alleged attacks by herdsmen.
Similarly, the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Gabriel Aka’aka, expressed worry over the alleged attack on Tiv people in Nasarawa State, saying they hadnothing to do with the anti-open grazing law in Benue.
He stressed the need for security reinforcement along the border communities to apprehend the “mysterious killers” in the areas.
Meanwhile, the Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom, has accused Nasarawa state of habouring killer herdsmen in Tunga, Awe local Government Area. Governor Ortom alleged that the herdsmen were being haboured in some camps in the state.
But, Governor Tanko Al-Makura and other stakeholders in Nasarawa State have denied the allegation, maintaining that there is no such camps in the state. Al-Makura, while making a presentation at a stakeholders’ meeting convened by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris in Lafia on Thursday, described the allegation as “grievous, unacceptable and terribly speculative”.
He said the Benue governor’s accusation that Nasarawa State had camped killer herdsmen to attack his state was a stigma and an aspersion on the state, “This is an unfair comment to make of Nasarawa State, especially that we enjoy very cordial relationship and can always be reached with any evidence in that regard.
“In any case, the onus of proof lies with the accuser and I would appeal to my colleague to avail security operatives with the details of where he thinks the killer herdsmen are being camped. “I can assure you as the chief security officer of the state that we would give the police all the necessary support to comb every part of the state to ascertain whether there is any such thing,” Al-Makura added.
He said he had never received any security reports from the state either from security officer or his administrative detail of the existence of such killer herdsmen camping in Nasarawa State. Al-Makura pointed out that in Awe, where the killer herdsmen were allegedly being camped, had become a sanctuary for displaced persons, mostly of Tiv extraction, from both states. Similarly, the Emir of Tunga, Alhaji Bala Galadima, expressed worry over the allegation.
He said there was no such camp in Tunga as the people in the area had a security apparatus in place to detect strangers among them. Galadima said many Tiv people were fleeing their homes in panic because of the attacks in Benue and noted that farmers and herdsmen in the area had lived peacefully over the years.
The Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Mustapha Agwai I, described the statement credited to Ortom as hate speech and urged the stakeholders to condemn it. He urged leaders to desist from making unguarded statements capable of breaching the peace.
The Emir of Azara, Dr Ibrahim Musa, said there was no crisis in Nasarawa State but panic attack orchestrated by poor implementation of the anti-open grazing law in Benue. He called on the Federal Government to investigate the implementation of the law to ascertain the provision of ranches and other facilities as spelt out by the law in Benue.