Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, at the early hours of Saturday attacked three villages in Doma local government area of the State and killed nine Tiv farmers.
The settlements are Ajikamaka,Gidan Rail and Ankoma, near Rukubi, a border town between Nasarawa and Benue State belonging to the Tiv farmers, where Olam farm is located. The settlements belong to the late Hon. Micheal Koko, a Tiv man who represented Doma South in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly for two terms between 1999 and 2007.
Majority of the victims were said to be deeply asleep when the marauding herdsmen surround the villages, set fire on some thatch houses and open gun fire on them as they attempt to escape, killing nine of them. Most of the victims were children, women and young boys who were trying to run away for their lives. Those killed are Tsekaa Chiatyo, Kwaghdoo Tsekaa, Sewuese Tsekaa, Bobo Chiatyo, Aondosee Fidelis, Aboy, Igba Aduku, Iwuesi and Aseer.
The gunmen, who were said to be carrying sophisticated weapons, invaded the community at about 2:00am on Saturday, shooting sporadically and chanting war songs. The deputy chairman of Doma local government Hon. Atukpa Osukunu, who confirmed the development, said the attacks on the Tiv community is a reprisal one, adding that few days ago, the Fulanis who also settled within the area found one of them dead in the bush and suspected the Tiv community in the area.
Osukunu condemned the actions of the herdsmen who he said took laws into their hands by launching a reprisal attack without allowing the authorities carry out investigation to unravel the cause of the death of the Fulani man.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Nasarawa State Police Command ASP Ramham Nansel said the development is yet to be reported to the police command. President, Tiv Development Association (TIDA) in Nasarawa state, Comrade Peter Ahemba, who also confirmed the incident while speaking with journalists in Lafia condemned the incident, describing it as unprovoked and unfortunate.
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 Ortom to ensure lasting peace.
The Tiv leader lamented that the ugly development has led to the displacement of thousands of Tiv farmers in the area, regretting that the incident was happening at a critical time farmers were set to commence the current farming season.