The Southern Taraba Tiv Youth Forum on Tuesday said it has documented at least 93 Tiv people so far killed and over 42,000 others displaced in the ongoing Jukun-Tiv crisis in the State.
Convener of the group, Comrade Kelvin Katyo in a press statement in Jalingo said the crisis was an ethnic cleansing agenda by the Jukun against the Tiv people with an intent to chase the Tiv people out of their ancestral homes in the State.
The statement expressed disappointment over the unwillingness of the Jukuns to accept the peace move by the Governor, alleging that while the Governor was meeting with Tiv stakeholders, Jukun militia attacked Ikyergba village and Tor-Damisa in Takum and Donga LGA, killing scores of people.
“So far, we have documented 93 Tiv people killed in the crisis which started on April 1, in Kente, Wukari Local Government.
“No fewer than 42,000 of our people have so far being displaced and dozens others maimed in series of coordinated attacks backed by some authorities especially at the local level in the state.
“Since May this year, some Tiv people who risk traveling through Wukari to Benue and beyond and from Benue to Taraba through Wukari have been slaughtered at various times between Kasuan Shanu, Wukari town and Bye-Pyi in Wukari local government.
Comrade Katyo who described as laughable and diversionary that the recent press conference by Jukun youths who accused the Tiv of being behind the killing of Hossa Ibi and sundry crimes in the State said since the arrest of the notorious Kidnap Kingpin Hamisu Bala, there have not been any case of Kidnapping and armed robbery in the area.
He alleged that Hamisu’s boys who are on the run are said to be in the camps of Jukun militia, attacking Tiv villages in Donga and Takum.
“On the killing of the lawmaker, we call on the Taraba State Government to set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Hon. Hosea Ibi and a government white paper issued on the outcome of the investigation.
“We are sure that the outcome of the investigation will not only shock Nigerians, but will change the one sided crime narrative in the State.”
Katyo who said the Jukun have concluded plans to launch coordinated attacks on the remaining Tiv villages in Donga and Takum LGAs called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the crisis and deploy special forces at Amadu, Peva, Sai, Abako, Ananum and other villages to halt the planned the attacks.
He also called on President Muhammadu to compel the government of Taraba State to make adequate security arrangements for the safety of Tiv in Taraba as the Governor has repeatedly said there is nothing he can do about security in the State.
“We want to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency give special attention to the crisis in Taraba before the Tiv people will be completely wiped out in the state.
“The President should direct the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) or the newly created ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to intervene in the humanitarian crisis affecting the Tiv people in the area, as the relief materials the Taraba State government sent in the wake of the crisis were only distributed among the Jukuns,”the statement read.