A joint security meeting of Military, Police and paramilitary agencies was yesterday convened in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital to curtail the ongoing killings in both Benue and Nasarawa States.
DIG Habila Joshak, while speaking to journalists shortly after the security meeting, said they have vowed to bring those behind the killings in Benue State to justice to face the wrath of the law.
He said “We are taken an assessment of the areas and the next action to be taken has been discussed. There is nobody that is too big to be brought to justice.”
Meanwhile, seven persons have been allegedly killed by suspected herdsmen in some border communities in the last four days in Nasarawa State.
LEADERSHIP Friday also gathered that about seven settlements belonging to the Tiv farmers in Awe and Keana Local Government Areas of the state, were completely burnt down by the attackers.
Speaking with newsmen in Lafia yesterday, President of Tiv Development Association (TIDA) in Nasarwa State, Benard kyeghna, disclosed that one of the victims was macheted to death at Gidan Wurji, in Awe Local Government Area while moving his farm produce to the town on Monday.
He further disclosed that another killing occurred same day when some armed herdsmen where returning from their attack on Benue communities along Awe – Tunga road, in Awe local government area of the state.
“We also received a report that two Tiv people were killed at Bakin Korta, a border settlement which is about 12 kilometres from the Benue/Nasarawa border, at about 7pm. Also a report in my village (Kwarra), in Keana Local Government Area, has it that the marauding herdsmen equally gunned down three farmers while working on their farm.”
One of the victims who survived the attack, Terzungwe Tachin, while narrating his ordeal, said he narrowly escaped death by the whiskers from the attackers.
He gave names of locations where the seven people were killed by the herdsmen as Tse Kwaghtser – Tunga settlement, Kuduku, Nyashashu, Obosidoma and Kaambe – Jangaru.
When contacted on the development, the Nasarawa State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Idirisu John Kennedy, said only one life had so far been lost.
Earlier in a statement, the Police reassured members of the public particularly those living in communities bordering Benue State, in Awe and Keana Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State, of their safety.
“To ease the current public apprehension in the areas following the influx of people into Nasarawa State, the Commissioner of Police, CP Bello Ahmed, has ordered the relocation of the Area Commander Lafia and deployment of additional police personnel and vehicles for patrol and visibility policing in the affected communities” he said.
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