Tiv/Jukun Crisis: IDPs Seek Security Protection To Return Home

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State


Following the directive by Governor Darius Ishaku for the displaced perons in the Jukun/Tiv crisis to return to their homes, internally displaced persons from Tor Iorshagher Community and other adjoining villages in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State have written to security agencies to provide cover for them to return to their homes.

In a letter addressed to heads of security agencies in the state, a copy of which was made available to journalists, the displaced persons called on the Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security agencies to protect their movement.

In the letter which was signed by the village head, Zaki Ordue Amouta and elders of the community, the people said the move was to avoid the situation where unpatriotic elements would take advantage of the large movement of people to their homes to cause chaos.

“We want to call on security agencies to provide us with the necessary security protection in accordance with the law to avoid misguided persons and criminal elements from taking advantage of the large movement of people to their homes to create chaos in the area.

“As law abiding citizens we find it imperative to officially notify you of our intention to start returning to our ancestral homes beginning Thursday November 26.

“We want to appreciate Governor Darius Ishaku for his efforts towards restoring peace in Wukari Local Government in particular and the Southern part of the state in general.

“Crisis does nothing but only destroy people’s general well being, and  hinders  their development,” the statement read.  

The letter regretted that what started as a common misunderstanding between two persons in a remote village of Kente on April 1, 2019 eventually degenerated into a serious crisis claiming lives and valuable property.


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