Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku and his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom, are not on duty as communal clashes ravage parts of their territories.
The Jukun Tiv crisis which started on April 1 2019 has continued to claim more lives and properties with no end in sight. Thousands of people have so far been displaced and are either living in the bush or refugee camps.
The security agencies have failed in putting an end to the destruction of life and property.
Leaders of the Tiv community say the crisis has already killed 23 persons, while the Jukun put their casualty figures at 12.
The conflict started two weeks ago in Kente Village, in Wukari Local Government Area (LGA), Taraba State and spilled to Ukum LGA in neighbouring Benue State.
“It is a big surprise that his state is on fire, yet he (Ishaku) is nowhere to be found,” said spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba, Aaron Artemas.
He wondered what became of the security votes the governor received since coming into office.
“Though I was not around when he left the country, I suspect he is in the United States,” said a source at the Taraba State Government House.
Ortom is also reported to be on leave. The self-declared “defender of the Benue Valley” is reported to have jetted out with a large entourage to China, his favorite destination.
In their absence, the situation at the common border of the two states has degenerated to war and the two neighbouring Local Government Chairmen from Taraba and Benue are busy accusing each other over the on going bloodbath.
The Chairman of Wukari LGA, Daniel Adi, accused his Ukum counterpart, Iber Logo, of knowing the “boys doing this, but they don’t want to fish them out.” He added: “I am appealing to the chairman of Ukum to fish out these youths and take disciplinary actions against them.”
But Logo described the allegation as “laughable”, recalling an incident where “the chairman came with armed Jukun youths and dropped them at Igbogom Village, and while we were holding the peace meeting at Kente, Jukun youths started shooting.”
In a statement by his chief press secretary, Abounu described as unacceptable killings and destruction of property in the Tiv communities of Gbeji, Vaase and Jootar, and vowed the culprits would be brought to book.