Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, at the early hours of Saturday attacked Ajimaka, Gidan rayi and Ankoma villages in Ekye Development Area of Doma Local Government in Nasarawa State.
The gunmen, who were said to be carrying sophisticated weapons, invaded the communities at about 2:00am of Saturday, shooting sporadically and chanting war songs.
An eyewitness told our correspondent that 9 persons including women and children were killed, while many houses and farm produce were destroyed by the attackers.
Elanza News gathered that a Fulani man was killed by unknown persons and the corpse was found in the bush in the area, so Fulani felt it was Tiv people that killed him and went for reppresial.
The three villages located in the hunter land of Doma, are 30 minutes drive away from each other with out roads and government’s presence, despite it’s closeness to Rukubi, where Olam Rice farm is situated.
Apart from Tiv, there are other tribes such as Migili, Agatu, Alago and others farming in the communities for years.
Those killed in the attacks were Tsekaa Chiatyo
Kwaghdoo Tsekaa, Sewiesi Tsekaa, Bobo Chiatyo
Aondosee Fidelis, Aboy, Igba Aduku, Iwuesi and Aseer
Reacting to the attacks the president Tiv Development Association (TIDA) in Nasarawa state, Comrade Peter Ahemba, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Lafia, condemned it saying it was an unprovoked and unfortunate attack.
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, Engr. Abdullahi Sule and his Benue counterpart, Dr. Samuel Orton 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” he said.
Police Public Relations Officer PPRO Nansel Rahman, said the command is yet to receive official report as regards the attack on the communities.
Deputy Chairman of Doma local government area, Atukpa Osukunu, who confirmed the incident, said the council is on top of the situation.