Suspected Fulani herders attack Nasarawa, kill Catechist, two others

Suspected Fulani herders attack Nasarawa, kill Catechist, two others
Charles Nwoke, Lafia, Nigeria
May 16, 2021

Unknown gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen in the early hours of Saturday killed the Catechist of St. Mathew’s Catholic Parish, Obi in Nasarawa State, Sydney Shirsha.

The Catechist was murdered in cold blood in his village, Amudu in Giza dominant of Keana Local Government Area Council of Nasarawa State alongside two other residents of the bourg.

An eyewitness explained that the suspected Fulani militia, armed with heavy and sophisticated weapons, invaded Amudu, a Tiv village in the Giza Development Area of the state, killing the catechist and two others in a midnight raid.

Sources said the attack left several others with various degrees of injuries, just as the ugly incident has resulted in the displacement of more than 20,000 Tiv farmers from localities within and outside the Council Area.

Peter Ahemba, the Tiv Development Association President (TIDA) in Nasarawa State, confirmed the unfortunate development to newsmen in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

The Tiv leader regretted that the Tiv language-speaking people of the state have remained under continuous attacks by armed herders for no just course.

“The killing and displacement of the Tiv people of the state in the coordinated attacks have continued unabated since the first attack on Ajimaka community of Doma Local Government that led to the gruesome murder of nine persons about a month ago.

“We call on His Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Sule, to save our soul. We are being chased out of Nasarawa State and we are appealing to the governor not to allow the seemingly planned elimination of the Tiv community succeed under his watch,” Ahemba pleaded.

Meanwhile, the Nasarawa State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Ramhan Nansel, said there was no formal report of such killings to the Giza Division of the state police command when contacted.