By Akume Raphael, Makurdi
A suspected militant group from Jukum tribe has launched a new attack on Tiv settlement in Jooter community, Ukum Local Government Area, leaving no fewer than three persons dead and billions of properties burnt down.
BlazeNewz gathered from an indigene (name withheld) who said the Jukum militia stormed the border community at about 4:00am on Wednesday through Wukari and started shooting spirodically.
He added that the latest attack came without any provocation confirming that at least three Tiv farmers lost their lives while over 100 houses were also burnt down.
Explaining further, he said the Jukum militia operated unchallenged for about three hours even with the presence of federal government special forces stationed in Wukari , 2 Kilometres away from the attaked settlement.
Our correspondent also learnt that Jootar, which is a border settlement between Benue and Taraba State have been experiencing such unrest dated back to the 1990s.
Reacting to the ugly incidence, Ukum Local Government caretaker chairman , Hon Tortyokaa Ibellogo condemned the attack in it’s entirely, saying it was most unfortunate.
He wondered why the Jukum militia will cross over to Benue where their is no crisis, insisting that Tiv farmers in Benue were not at war with Jukum.
“To the best of my knowledge this is supposed to be a crisis between the Tiv and Jukum in Taraba state and has nothing to do with Benue. In my state Benue, we have Jukum in Abintse and Wurukum in Guma and Makurdi living peacefully with the Tiv people.
“I want to call on the inspector general of police (IGP), Chief of army staff and president of Nigeria to as a matter of urgency intervain in this crisis already we are trying to maintain a social distance to face the covid 19 pendemic which has affected Benue, Nigeria and the entire world.” Ibellogo concluded.
A two time former federal law maker Barr. Emmanuel Udende said boundaries is not the issue here as the boundaries are interwoven having Tiv people as well as jukun living on both side.
“In 1997 when I was the chairman, the boundaries where trace from Ukum to Katsina-ala and kwande local Government and then it was agreed that where you have a bigger population of Jukun it should be ceded to Jukun and in that manner”
Barr. Udende further said the issue is that both the Tiv and Jukun have miscreant who are causing the problem. He called on them to cease fire and come to a drawing bold to have the matter settled for peace to return.
The public relation police officer from the Benue state command, Sewuese Anene confirmed the incident but said investigation is on the way to unravel the cause of the attack.
It could be recalled that Jootar also suffered similar attack last year July by suspected Jukum militia where 4 persons were killed without any arrest made by the security agencies.
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