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Published On: Fri, Feb 2nd, 2018

Group urges int’l community Intervention in Benue killings

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From Uche Nnorom Makurdi

President General, Tiv Socio-cultural Group, Mdzough u Tiv Chief Edward Ujege has called on the international community to intervene in the ongoing genocide against the Tiv people of Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states following massacre of twelve persons in Kadarko, Nasarawa state.
Chief Ujege who made the call in a statement made available to Peoples Daily yesterday, said several other persons were still missing with a strong possibility of the figure rising.
It will be recalled that the leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore had made it abundantly clear that the crisis in these states is a struggle for the resources in the Benue Valley, and that they will invite Fulani from across the world to annihilate the present inhabitants and take over.
They stated this position at a press conference on Tuesday 30th May 2017 in Abuja.
Ujege maintained that before this distasteful boast of horror, several communities across the states listed above had been attacked for more than 100 times from 2011 till date.
“Fulani leaders set the stage for this attack on Kadarko by claiming the previous day that Tiv militia from Benue state had attacked and killed 73 of their cows.
“We drew attention to the fact that this report was an obvious mockery of their brutal murder of 73 persons including pregnant women, children and old men who were accorded a mass burial on January 11, 2018.
“We also pointed out the painful, reprehensible, offensive and provocative comparison between cattle and human lives.
“The whole world is aware of the impunity of these attacks which the herdsmen openly boast about, citing the rustling or killing of their cattle.”
He said if the Federal Government or those saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property had not granted immunity from arrest and prosecution to these murderous herdsmen, they would have realized that resort to self help under any circumstances is not permitted under the law.
The Mdzough Tiv President posited that desperation of the Tiv and several other ethnic groups in the Benue Valley have become targets of annihilation by herdsmen with obvious backing by the federal government.

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