Nasarawa killings: Death toll rises to 78

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DEATH toll from last weekend’s attacks on Tiv villages in Nasarawa State has risen to 78, even
as search for the recovery of casualties continued yesterday.

The coordinated attacks have led to the sacking of all Tiv communities across Obi, Awe, Doma
and Keana Local Government Areas of the state, with over 100,000 persons taking refuge in the
headquarters and other villages in the affected local governments.
President, Tiv Youth Organisation in Nasarawa State, Comrade Peter Ahemba confirmed the
new casualty figures in an interview with newsmen in Lafia yesterday.

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He said that the additional dead bodies were recovered from Uluji, Ayaakeke, Uvirkaa, Usula,
among others villages, noting that most of the victims were those trapped in villages along
Agwatashi-Jangwa road in Obi Local Government.

“We are still searching for many of our people missing since the attacks occurred. Corpses of
those killed especially at Kertyo last Sunday and surrounding villages have not been recovered
up till now that I speak with you,” Ahemba said.
Meanwhile, the state governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura was yesterday booed by aggrieved
IDPs at Agwatashi while on an on-the- spot assessment visit to some of the IDP camps and other
affected villages in Obi Local Government.
The IDPs, who were protesting the killing of their relations by marauding herdsmen, said they
could no longer bear the incessant attacks on their communities, lamenting that the bodies of
their relations killed by the attackers had not been recovered.
The governor, who described the action of the protesting IDPs as understandable in view of the
psychological trauma they were passing through, said his government will continue to do
everything possible to restore peace in the state.

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Al-Makura, in company of other government functionaries, including security chiefs in the state,
could not proceed to Keana IDP camp as arranged, apparently due to the incident at Agwatashi.

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