8 feared dead in Nasarawa as suspected Fulani militants attack community


By Augustine Kuza, Lafia

No fewer than eight persons have been killed in Giza and Kadarko Chiefdoms in Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa state by suspected Fulani militants.

In Giza chiefdom, an eye witness, Mathias Ahule, who told our correspondent that trouble ensured between Fulani and Tiv people in the stream over water contest after which some Fulani men allegedly stormed Tse Ambir and killed one pastor James Iorluun, John Gbawuan, with many others injured and three motorcycles carted away while the Tiv also killed one Fulani men.

He added that the militants later blocked the Giza Ajo Road in the area and killed another Pastor, Iorshase of Assemblies of God Church, Aloshi in Keana Local Government Area who was to hold a crusade in the area and injured many others.

Ahule therefore called on the Nasarawa state Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule to direct security operatives in the state to arrest one Hassan Abubakar, a Fulani man from Giza district who confessed to the act of “killings” and also urged the state government to invite the Giza traditional institutions for more details.

“The Fulani militants are planning to attack Tse Kwaghamor and TSE Akula all in Giza districts of Keana Local Government Area”, Ahule added.

The incident which prompted an impromptu meeting in the area by the Sengari Giza, Alhaji Umaru Elegu, condemned the killings of Tiv people by Fulani herdsmen saying that the Tivs are better people to stay with than the Fulani and therefore called on both parties to embrace peace for development to thrive in the area.

In Kadarko Chiefdom where four persons were also killed in the farm along Nasarawa Benue border, one of the locals, William Audu from Kadarko said the killings are not unconnected with the land seizure by the Osukadoko of Kadarko chiefdom, Umar Usman Dodo.

He therefore called on security operatives in the state to invite the traditional ruler for details of the Kadarko killing.