Suspected herdsmen last week reportedly attacked Tiv farmers of Mutum Daya community of Agyaragu in Jenkwe Development Area of Nasarawa State on their farms, inflicting various degree of injuries on them.
President of the Tiv Development Association, TIDA, in Nasarawa State, Boniface Ifer, disclosed this on Monday as he briefed journalists on the plight of the Tiv farmers in the state.
Lamenting that the Fulani herdsmen have dislodged the farmers and took over their farmlands, where they mobilized their cattle to freely graze on Tiv farmers’ crops planted on the farms unchallenged, Ifer also alleged that the herdsmen had even vowed to continue with their attacks on Tiv people, whenever they meet them on the farms.
He narrated the attack by the herdsmen on some of his kinsmen last Wednesday on a farmland, inflicting various degree of injuries on them; saying, “Our lives are under threat, especially at this period of raining season, we cannot go to our farms for fear of attack on us by herdsmen.
“We are no longer save with the present situation, unless the government of Nasarawa State and the Federal Government take the security of our lives and property seriously, because as an armless people, we cannot defend ourselves.”
Corroborating Ifer’s claims, chairman of TIDA in Jenkwe Development Area, Simon Mbanyion, also appealed to government to deploy more security around villages of Obi Local Government Area to monitor the excesses of the Fulani herdsmen, who are unrelenting in ensuring that they wreak havoc on Tiv farms.