Death toll risen to 78 in Nasarawa Herdsmen attacks

Death toll risen to 78 in Nasarawa Herdsmen attacks

- Suspected herdsmen one day ago attacked four local government in Nasarawa

- Most of the villagers attacked belonged to the Tiv people

- earlier reported that 32 people were killed during the attacks while over 10,000 Tiv villagers have been rendered homeless

Emerging reports have claimed that death toll in last weekend herdsmen attacks on Tiv villages in Nasarawa state has risen to 78. The search for more casualties is still ongoing in the affected communities.

Daily Trust reports that the coordinated attacks have led to the sacking of all Tiv communities across Obi, Awe, Doma and Keanal local government areas of the state with over 100,000 persons taking refuge in the headquarters and other villages in the affected local governments.

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President, Tiv Youth Organisation in Nasarawa state, Comrade Peter Ahemba, confirmed the new figures in an interview with newsmen in Lafia.

According to the Tiv youth president, ''more dead bodies have been recovered from Uluji, Ayaakeke, Uvirkaa, Usula, noting that most of the victims were those trapped in villages along Agwatashi-Jangwa road in Obi local government.

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''We are still searching for many of our people missing since the attacks occurred. The corpses of those killed, especially at Kertyo last Sunday and surrounding villages have not been recovered up till now that I speak with you''

Meanwhile, had reported no less than 32 people of Tiv origin have been reported dead after gunmen suspected to be herdsmen launched a deadly attack on several Tiv villages in Awe, Keana, Obi and Doma local government areas of Nasarawa state.

The Nation reports that over 10,000 Tiv villagers are homeless and were said to have been trapped along the Agwatashi-Jangwa road axis in Obi local government areas after gunmen ransacked their villages.

Eight injured people were yesterday receiving treatment at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, (DASH), Lafia as a result of injuries sustained from the attacks.

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