Unknown gunmen on Saturday attacked Ajimaka, a Tiv settlement in Doma local government area of Nasarawa state, and killed eight farmers.
President, Tiv Development Association (TIDA) in Nasarawa state, Comrade Peter Ahemba, who confirmed the incident while speaking with Journalists in Lafia condemned the incident, describing it as unprovoked and unfortunate.
He regretted that the attacks on Tiv people of the state, particularly those living at the border areas between Benue and Nasarawa states have become a recurrent decimal despite efforts by the Nasarawa state governor, Abdullahi Sule, and his Benue counterpart, Dr. Samuel Ortom, to ensure lasting peace.
“Each time, the Fulani herdsmen have issues relating to implementation of the anti-open grazing law by the Benue state government, they come and attack our (Tiv) people in Nasarawa state.
“We are indigenous Tiv people of Nasarawa state. We are peace-loving people and the Fulani herdsmen must stop attacking our people for things they know nothing about.”
The Tiv leader lamented that the ugly development has led to the displacement of thousands of Tiv farmers in the area, regretting that the incident was happening at a critical time farmers were set to commence the current farming season.
The TIDA President appealed to the state government to direct deployment of security operatives to the trouble area to forestall further breakdown 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.
Nasarawa Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Rahman Nansel, said the attack was yet to be reported to the Police command as at the time of filling this report.