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11 Jul 2017

Taraba Killings: Group Alleges Bias in Policing Attacked Communities

A civil society group under the aegis of Vanguard Against Tiv Massacre (VATIM) has alleged that there is an obvious bias in the security measures taken by the agencies to avert crisis and enhance tranquility in communities attacked by armed herdsmen.

Recall that there were attacks on the mambilla plateau in Sardauna LGA of Taraba State between herdsmen and farmers which led to loss of lives and properties. Security operatives had quickly comb the area to contain the killings.

However, VATIM said the situation in Sardauna seemed particularly different with the case of other affected communities in Benue and other states in the country especially with the prompt physical response of agencies and officials of the Federal Government.

The chairman, Barrister Ephraim Fater Sarwuan and secretary, Lubem Gena made the position of the group in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP in Abuja yesterday.

Also, the coordinator of Cosmos Coterie, Irene Awunah noted that unless very urgent and responsible steps are taken by government to address all the high-leveled injustices in the country, there would be no end in the prevailing ethnic agitations when citizens are not treated fairly.

“For many onlookers, it was perhaps the same sad story that has over the last 5 years being reported from Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Enugu, Edo, Delta and Ondo State, infact, UNHCR-BENGONET report has it that 19 out of the 36 states have come under attack from herdsmen, but VATIM noticed a fundamental issue that was imbedded in the action of those in vertical and horizontal position of our security architecture.

“To VATIM, the situation in Sardauna seemed particularly different, especially with the swift and hurriedly physical response of agencies and officials of the Federal Government,” it stated.

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