Nasarawa Killings: IDPs Stone Governor, Death Toll Rises To 78
Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State got more than he bargained for on Tuesday,
His convoy was stoned by the aggrieved Internally Displaced Persons at Agwatashi when he visited the Obi Local Government Area.
The IDPs, who were protesting the killing of their relations by suspected people believed to be Fulani herders, said they could no longer bear the incessant attacks on their communities.
They pelted the convoy with stones and sticks to protest the continued killings in the area.
They lamented that the bodies of their dead relatives have not been recovered.
The policemen in the governor’s convoy had to fire tear gas to disperse the aggrieved IDPs.
This paved the way for the governor and his entourage to escape.
The attack on Al-Makura’s convoy prevented the governor and his entourage including top government functionaries and security chiefs to proceed to Keana IDP camp as earlier scheduled.
Reacting to the IDPs’ action, the governor described it as understandable in view of the psychological trauma they are experiencing.
He said his government would continue to do everything possible to restore peace in the state.
Meanwhile, death toll in Saturday and Sunday attacks on Tiv villages by suspected Fulani herders has risen to 78.
Over 100,000 persons have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring communities.
The President, Tiv Youth Organisation in Nasarawa state, Peter Ahemba, confirmed the new casualty figure in Lafia.
Lafia, the Nassarawa state capital, lies about 214 kilometers away from Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.