Thursday, 4 December 2014

Eight Benue communities still under siege by Fulani grazers

NO fewer than eight communities in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State are said to be under sieged by Fulani invaders despite several appeals from government on the marauders to vacate the ransacked settlements as they have continue to graze their cattle in the Moon communities.

The Guardian investigation in the affected communities revealed that since March this year to date, the Tiv farmers and original occupants of the said communities have been denied access to their lands to farm nor do they have the opportunity to even harvest what had already planted.

Expressing their grief to The Guardian at Jato Aka, a traditional ruler in the area, Chief Nyigan Akperashio called on government to intervene further by ensuring that they return to their communities; saying lives were becoming very unbearable to them.

Some of the villages belonging to the Tiv people that are presently occupied by the Fulanis include Anyaase, Abaji, Torhile Ikya, Imandewa, Dubam, Ribi, Ayamalu.

The traditional ruler revealed that  just recently, the Special Adviser to Governor Gabriel Suswam on Security, Commodore Steven Ugbor (rtd), visited the communities which are still taking refuge in Jato Aka together with the leader of the Fulani community to address the problem. He was quoted as cautioning the indigenes of the area not to take laws into their hands by staging a reprisal  attack on the invaders.

It was also gathered in the area that a few people that attempted to get back to their homes to carry out repairs on their houses, had such houses burnt down by the marauders.

But, the leader of the Miyetti Allah, Baba Ngazama who spoke on behalf of Fulani leaders lauded Governor Suswam's peaceful moves and assured the people that the crisis will end soon as the Fulani would be driven away from the area.

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