Unknown gunmen have killed not less than three persons, after they attacked tiv communities of Rukubi, Akpata and Agima in Ekye Development Area of Nasarawa State, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura heard, afternoon of earlier today.
Leaders of the Tiv communities who fled to Lafia, met with Governor Al-Makura, who they informed of the incident in which they said, happened during the morning hours of the day, on the farms, without any challenge from security agencies.
Narrating the ordeal of members of the affected communities, George Zauka, who led hundreds of placards carrying persons into Lafia, said Tiv people in those communities and all over the state, have had to live with growing fears of insecurity while the government and security agencies look the other way.
He said the latest incident of killing happened barely weeks after the governor made a statewide broadcast assuring of security of lives and property in the state. Zauka said that the continued killing of Tivs is unabated, and has been without any known cause, just as he said assailants usually get away with it without trace to them.
He appealed to the state government to strengthen security measure by stationing security personnel at strategic areas to forestall reoccurrence of the killings.
The inscriptions on some of the placards read: “What is our sin Al-Makura”, “We are dying of hunger”, “Fighting is beastly”, and “We are relying on you, Al-Makura.”
Al-Makura, in his response, urged for calm, and promised that the state under him deploy all security measures to track the assailants. “I am really touched by your presence here and even more touch by the presentation of their leader”, Al-Makura told the community members, and said that their demands and the issue of restiveness are part of the troubles his administration inherited in 2011, especially in communities at the border with Benue State.
He condemned the incident, but called for caution from the affected communities, so that they do not take the laws into their hands by seeking revenge.