Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have murdered a family of four Tiv
farmers while going to their farm at Antsa village of Kwarra district in Keana Local
Government Area of Nasarawa State, just as one other person was also killed in
the same manner at Gada-Biyu in Obi Local Government of the state.
The Antsa family killings occurred simultaneously with that of last
Tuesday's attack allegedly carried out by the same suspected herdsmen on Tiv
farmers at Gada-Biu villgage, killing one Aondovihi Tur; while another, Verlumun
Atsaga, was reportedly missing, just as over twenty others were inflicted with
various degrees of injuries.
The twin attacks were coming few weeks after a cease-fire agreement was
brokered between the Tiv farmers and the Fulani herdsmen in the state.
President of the Mzough U Tiv, a Tiv sociocultural association Nasarawa state
chapter, Mr. Thomas Gaar, while speaking to journalists on the resumed killings of
Tiv farmers in state by the suspected Fulani herdsmen, confirmed that the family
of four was killed on their way to farm.
He gave names of the slain Tiv family to include the father of the family, Utindi
Kyor; his son Shie-Aondo; his son's wife, Dedzugwen; and his grandson, Boyi.
"The young man was going to his farm alongside his wife and child when they
were intercepted by the suspected Fulani herdsmen and collected the young
man's phone and forced him to call his father to come so that they will release
"Unknowing to the young man, he called his father to the spot, but instead both
the young man, the wife, the child and the father that came were all killed
Gaar lamented that the recent visit to the state by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
as silent killing of the Tiv people in their farms by the herdsmen has continued
"The vice president came barely about a month ago and all our expectations were
that there will be peace, but unfortunately, there is no peace in our
"Up till now, our people have not gone back to their places of abode, and farming
season is fast running out and they are still hanging around in the neighbouring
"But as I speak, we have minimun security personnel on ground and the Tiv
people are still stranded in various IDPs camps because they have not gone back
to their places of abode," he maintained.
He reminded that when Osinbajo visited Nasarawa State, he left a promise that a
lot of security personnel would be deployed to the affected communities to
enable the displaced persons return to their homes, appealing to the state
government to do more in alleviating the sufferings of the Tiv farmers in the state.
When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO of the Nasarawa state
command, ASP Samaila Usman said he was yet to be briefed on the development.