By Jesse Oche
Three persons have been reportedly killed by unknown gunmen and 13 houses torched in a fresh attack in the Azara and Kadarko areas of Keana Local Government of Benue State.
Kadarko is dominated by Tiv-speaking people of Benue.
It was learnt that the attackers, who were armed with sophisticated weapons, unleashed terror on the Tiv communities in the southern senatorial district of the state, killing three persons on board.
Confirming the incident on Tuesday, the President, Tiv Youth Organization in Nasarawa State, Benjamin Ngitamen, said the peace meeting held between the Fulani herders and Tiv farmers did not yield any success as the killings of his kinsmen were still being carried out in the remote areas of the state.
According to him, in the Kadarko area, Fulani herders attacked a Tiv man with a cutlass on Friday and razed three houses belonging to a Tiv farmer. He added that the victim had been taken to an undisclosed hospital in the state for treatment.
He said, “We are appealing to the state government to deploy military personnel, the police and other security operatives in the state to enable our people to go their farms. Rainy season has commenced and farming activities have also started.”
“Some of the Internally Displaced Persons at the various camps in the affected communities could no longer bear the frustration in the camp as their farmland had been hijacked by the Fulani herders in the state,” he lamented.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Idirisu Kennedy, said only one person was killed, adding that others sustained varying degrees of injury during the attack on Tiv communities.
He said, “Only one casualty was recorded during the Thursday and Friday attack on Tiv communities.”