Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue and Darius Ishaku of Taraba who were on holiday abroad while the Tiv/Jukun war ravaged communities in their states have finally come home to speak on the bloody clashes.
The two governors of the neighboring states were recently reelected on the ticket of the People’s Democratic Party. On April 1 2019, a fratricidal war erupted between the Tiv and the Jukun at Kente. While the war raged on, spreading all over some parts of Taraba and Benue the two men were away in the United States and China enjoying their holidays.
First to speak on return was Samuel Ortom who ordered the Chairman of Ukum Local Government in Benue and the second class traditional ruler of the area to arrest the Tiv men who attacked Jukun communities and hand them over to security agencies.
“I’ve just been alerted that people from one of our Local Government areas went to attack Wukari Local Government in Taraba State, Rafinkda and Kente to be precise; I have also directed that security agencies and all people who are concerned from our side in Benue State should investigate the allegations and if confirmed, they should take appropriate measures immediately.
“I have directed the second class chief and the council chairman to produce those who perpetrated that act between now and Monday next week,” Ortom was quoted to have said over the weekend.
He stressed that there was no need for the attack after the deputy governors of the two states, the Tor Tiv and the Aku Uka and other prominent leaders of the two states met in Wukari and resolved all the issues as well as set up a committee of six members each from the two states to implement the resolution.
On his part, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba urged the warring factions in Wukari Local Government to sheathe their swords.
“Governor Ishaku is greatly saddened by the news of renewed violent clashes between Tiv and Jukuns in Kente and Rafinkada which occurred on Friday
“This latest crisis like the ones before, resulted in the loss of innocent lives and destruction of properties.
“The Jukun and the Tiv living in the border areas have every reason to live together in peace, they are both farmers struggling to earn a living from the produce from their farms”, said the statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Bala Dan Abu.
Despite these statements, this newspaper is reliably informed that the war is currently raging on and more people and properties are being wasted in both Taraba and Benue.