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Published On: Wed, Apr 2nd, 2014

Tiv/Herdsmen clash: Hagher alleges Army involvement in ethnic cleansing

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By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

Professor Iyorwuese Hagher said the Nigerian Government has lost control and credibility in the systematic Tiv-ethnic cleansing agenda following an alleged involvement of the Army in the latest attack on Tiv targets at Gbise town on 29th March 2014.

Hagher also alleged that the Army had, earlier participated in the same killings in Jato Aka on 6th March, 2014, including Anyiase and Kashimbila, between 18 and 20th February 2014, when Fulani herdsmen invaded the communities.

“The attack of Gbise town in Shitile, in Tiv homeland in Benue State, by an ethnic militia, aided by the Nigerian army, is a signal of an accelerating humanitarian disaster, already in motion which must stop at once.

“The United States and Canada should take note that the Tiv ethnic cleansing agenda today, is more heinous and expansive in scope, than the horrendous Zaki- Biam massacres of hundreds of un-armed men, women and children by the Nigerian army in October 2001, which was roundly condemned by the International community”, he said.

The Professor, in a statement issued yesterday, called on the United Nations and the International community to intervene, with a view to protecting the Tiv people and to also call the Nigerian Government to order.

“The United Nations should, immediately set a United Nation’s peace keeping force to protect Tiv lives and avert the violations of human rights and crimes against humanity; (including murder, rape and mutilation of dead bodies) committed against a defenseless civilian population”.

It said the International community should set up immediately a high-powered tribunal to establish “the extent of the violations ofInternational humanitarian law involving the ethnic militia and the extent of the Nigerian military’s involvement in tremendous outrageson personal dignity and inhuman and degrading treatment meted to the Tiv people by their attackers.

Hagher also called on the United Nations and the International community to investigate the use of chemical weapons deployed by the ethnic militias and their collaborators against the Tiv people as evidenced in the large number of Tiv; old defenseless men, women and children, that have died in the war zones by inhaling gaseous substances deployed by their attackers at Gwer East, Ayillamo and Tor Damisa on 26th of March 2014.

 

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