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Insecurity: Suspected herdsmen Kill 2 , chop off girl 25 breast in Nasarawa

From Abel Leonard,  Lafia

Again, Gunmen suspected to be  herdsmen invaded Gidan Ityotyev, a Tiv farming community in Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State,  killing  two persons.

The herders also  Chopped off the breast of a 25 years old girl and injured many others.

Daily Sun had reported that the killings at Gidan Ityotyev,  happened barely two weeks after same suspected herdsmen, invaded Gidan Sule community in neighbouring Keana LGA of the same state , killing about 10 Tiv farmers, and  displacing scores of residents .

Speaking with our correspondent, Spokesperson for Gidan Ityotyev community, Ukpuu Teryila Abaa, gave the  names of the community members killed during the invasion as Moses Saaku, and Aondofa Saaku.

This was even as the spokesperson continued that the marauders chopped off the breast of Kwaghdoo Saaku, a membe of the community.

However, Ukpuu, said the Gidan Ityotyev people took courage to stay put, despite the attacks and killings in their community and were able to  bury the  dead .

Ukpuu narrated to Journalists, that the attack on  the community occurred at about 11:00pm last  Friday, when almost every member of the village had gone to bed after a tedious work on their farms.

He continued that on arrival at the village, the  herdsmen opened fire in  the community, forcing people who were in their sleep to  wake up to confront the invaders.

“The invaders noticing the resilience from people of the Gidan Ityotyev community, withdrew from their attack immediately, and took to their heels after succeeding in killing two persons of the same family, and as well  as cutting off the breast of another female member of the community with a sword.”

The spokesperson, however, expressed worries that the people of the community were in trauma following the invasion by the herdsmen, and appealed to the Nasarawa State Government to provide the villagers with security to prevent another  attack.

President of Tiv Development Association in Nasarawa State, Mr Peter Ahemba, confirmed that two people were killed, and one other injured, whereas hundreds of Tiv people have been displaced in the course of the attack.

Ahemba, while blaming the attack on what he termed “conspiracy of silence” among the political class of the two LGAs  of Obi and Keana.

“It is a conspiracy of silence fashioned against the Tiv people of the state by some tribal politicians of Obi and Keana Local government areas.

“The idea is to displace the Tiv people and consequently disenfranchised them in the 2023 General Elections.

      

Nasarawa State Police  Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ramhan Nansel, could not confirm the attack, saying that, “ ,the case is yet to be reported to the state Police Command”.

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