Following renewed killings of Tiv people in Donga and Takum Local Government Areas of Taraba State, the President General of Tiv Cultural and Social Association Taraba State Chief Goodman Dahida has fingered Governor Darius Ishaku, the Army and other politicians of leading the plot to exterminate the Tiv people in Taraba State.
In a statement Signed by the President General Chief Goodman Dahida and made available to The Newsguide, the group maintained that “It is now obvious that the Taraba State government is not willing to solve the Jukun/Tiv crisis which the government has constantly maintained that it is the internal affairs of the state and the state has the capacity to solve.
“We therefore, appeal to the federal government to as matter of urgency intervene to bring the lingering crisis to an end, else the Jukun are out to annihilate our people in Taraba state because the template to exterminate us is now clearer than ever before.
“The security agencies especially the army have compromised by colluding with the Jukun militia to kill, maim and destroy our communities.”He added.
Dahida revealed that “I have been told by the villagers at Ananum that the Army led the attack that ransacked Ananum village this Tuesday morning”
“The state government which is not ready to solve the crisis has now embarked on a campaign of calumny against the Tiv people declaring some of our traditional rulers as terrorists. No serious government that cares for her citizens without bias or sentiment can take such a position in crisis management.
It maintained that “the Caretaker Chairman of Donga local government council, Mr. Nashuka Ipeyen who has maintained a bias position since the outbreak of the crisis yesterday said he saw a helicopter landing at Ananum, all in a bid to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it, Mr. Nashuka Ipeyen with the support of top politicians in Donga mobilized security and militia men to attack Ananum village in the early hours of today.
“As we speak the attack is still ongoing. The entire village has been reduced to rubbles and they are currently hunting our people who fled the attack and killing them like bush animals.
“We have it from credible sources that the plot is to sack all the Tiv villages in Donga and Takum LGAs the same way they have done in Wukari local government.” He stressed.
The statement lamented that “the action of Mr. Ipeyen and the unnecessary delay by the Taraba State government in implementing the joint 30-man Jukun/Tiv peace committee harmonized report which was submitted since December 2019, speaks volume. ”
Report say that, Tiv people in Donga local government area came under heavy attack in Mararraba last Thursday where innocent people were murdered at Mararraba Market and the surrounding Tiv villages. The unfortunate incident started when Ichen youths attack and badly injured a Tiv man Mr. Mernyi Chivir on his farm. In safe defense, one of the attackers was killed and the Ichen militia went on rampage, killing about 31 Tiv people, while 21 are still missing.