Banditry: Tiv Communities Accuse Traditional Rulers Of Involvement in Killings, Urge FG To Intervene

Fawaz Adebisi

In a troubling development, the Tiv communities of Nasarawa state have accused traditional rulers within the region of complicity in the ongoing wave of banditry and violence that has plagued their people. 

These allegations were voiced during a press conference held in Lafia, on Thursday, where community representatives brought attention to the harrowing situation.

The President of the Tiv Youths Organisation in the state, Barr Barnabas Zayol conveyed the concerns of his people, asserting that the continuous attacks by suspected herdsmen are apparently conducted in collaboration with certain traditional rulers.Z

ayol said, “The Tiv people in Doma LGA particularly Doma South are at the mercy of traditional rulers who are operating with the Fulani herdsmen and their kinsmen to dispose us of our farmlands and some homes.

“We are here to let the whole world know that the Tiv people in Nasarawa State are not happy because of the perennial onslaught, pogrom, arson, maiming, displacement and occupation of our ancestral farmlands and homes by the Fulani herdsmen who boldly informed us of their readiness to deal with us amidst the threats of some traditional rulers who ceded our ancestral farmlands to them.

“This has been the cause of the constant killings of our people by the Fulani herdsmen whom our ancestral farmlands and some homes have been given to them by some of these traditional rulers and their allies, abusing us that we are settlers and non-indigenous people of the state.

“We are calling on the state and federal government to as a matter of urgency, come to our aid before they annihilate us.”

In light of these alarming allegations and the escalating violence, the Tiv communities therefore urgently appealed to both the state and federal governments for intervention.

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