Tiv Group Urges Benue, Taraba Governors To End Border Killings

Governor Samuel Ortom
The Tiv Cultural and Social Association, in Taraba on Friday called on  Gov Darius Ishaku of Taraba and his Benue counterpart, Dr Samuel Ortom to step up efforts towards ending killings and kidnappings on the the fringes of Taraba, Benue border.
Chief Goodman Dahida, the President General of Tiv Cultural and Social Association, in Taraba  disclosed this at a press conference on Friday in Jalingo.
Dahida who was reacting to the recent attack on some Tiv communities of Abako and Sai in the neighbouring Benue by suspected Jukun youth in the early hours of Monday called on the Taraba government to direct investigation into the attack.
“We condemn the attack in strong terms and call on the government of Taraba to conduct a thorough investigation into the attack with a view to unraveling the motive behind the evil act.
“While we are not absorbing Tiv youth in the criminal activities going on in that axis, we reject and condemn the stereotyping of the Tiv people by tagging us as  criminals and associating us with all criminal activities going on in the state especially in the Southern zone.
“For a fact,  there is a syndicate of kidnappers whose members cut across Kuteb, Tiv, Jukun,  Igbo and Yoruba.
“The testimony by the member representing Wukari II in the State House of Assembly, Mr Josiah Aji, during the valedictory session in honour of Late Mr Hosea Ibi is a pointer to this fact.
“The issue of insecurity in the area involves the two states and we call on the governors of Taraba and Benue to find common ground in solving this problem,” he said.
Dahida called on Tiv people living in the area and beyond not to embark on any form of reprisal but allow security agencies to do their work in the interest of peace and development.
Our correspondent recalls that there was an attack on Monday at the border communities of Abako and Sai where one person was killed and houses burnt.


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