Christiana Gokyo, Jos
President-General of Tiv Cultural and Social Association in Taraba State, Chief Goodman Dahida, has accused the state government of inaction in the handling of the crisis between the Jukun and Tiv in the State.
Reacting to the attack on Ananum Village in the early hours of Tuesday, Dahida stated that, Ichen militia had on Tuesday morning launched attacks on Ananum Village, killing at least four persons.
He was speaking, while addressing journalists in Jalingo, when he said “The Taraba State Government was not ready to solve the crisis, rather it has embarked on a campaign of calumny against the Tiv people, declaring some Tiv traditional rulers as ‘terrorists.’ ”
According to him, no serious government that cares for its citizens without bias or sentiment can take such a posture in crisis management.
“It will interest you to know that, Mr. Nashuka Ipeyen, the Caretaker Chairman of Donga local government with the support of top politicians in Donga mobilized security and Jukun militia to attack Ananum Village today,” he lamented.
He said,the entire village has been reduced to rubbles and they are currently hunting our people who fled the attack, killing them in the bush like animals.
Chief Dahida said the action of Mr. Ipeyen and the unnecessary delay by the Taraba State Government in implementing the harmonized 30-man Jukun/Tiv peace committee report, which was submitted since December 2019, was a clear indication that the state government is not willing to solve the crisis.
He appealed to the federal government to, as matter of urgency, intervene to bring the lingering crisis to an end before the Jukun will wipe the Tiv people from Taraba with the help of hired security personnel.
“Already the army has compromised by colluding with the Jukun militia to kill, maim and destroy our communities,” he said.
When contacted, Special Adviser to Governor Darius Ishaku on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan-Abu, accused the Tiv people of not showing determination towards peace.
“The government is making efforts to end the crisis. Is it the reason why they went and attacked Jukun people? The two groups must make efforts to embrace peace.
“Just recently, the state government organized a peace meeting in Lafia, all in a bid to bring peace between the two groups, and the people themselves must embrace peace,” he noted.