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Taraba youth decry neglect amid herdsmen attacks

24 June 2014, 14:37Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Taraba Tiv Youth Frontier, a pressure group, has accused the Acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar, of failing to protect the Tiv communities from the ongoing attacks by the Fulani herdsmen.

The organisation said the attacks had led to massive destruction of lives and properties and admonished the relevant authority to as a matter of urgency provide security.

The group, in a statement signed by both the chairman, Goodman Dan Dahida and the secretary, Samson Ben Joly, stressed the need for the government to establish a taskforce that would facilitate the immediate return of the Tiv people that fled the state as a result of the ongoing attacks.

They added that herdsmen currently occupied settlements belonging to the Tiv people.

As such, they stressed on the need for the authority to compel those occupying the lands to vacate.

“Those people occupying Tiv settlements should be ordered to vacate such places with immediate effect and a commission of enquiry should be constituted to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the crisis with a view to bringing an end to the crisis and those perpetrating it to book.”

The officials felt sad that the security patrol vans deployed to the troubled spots in the state have not improved the situation.

“We are under illusion that the government of Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar is not doing enough in protecting our people who have become prey in the hands of Fulani grazers,” Taraba Youth Frontier stated.

The group said it wondered why the state government had continued to embark on “media propaganda” saying the state is peaceful and safe for Tiv people to return.

Officials from the group said the recent peace initiative of the state government had not yielded any result as the killings and burning of houses continued.

– CAJ News

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