Taraba senator-elect condemns attack on constituents, seeks justice 

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The senator-elect for Taraba South, Sen. David Jimkuta, has condemned in strong terms the recent attacks on Tsukundi, Kyhazo and Pita villages in Wukari local  government area by suspected Tiv militia. 

Jimkuta disclosed that the recent violent attacks by suspected Tiv militia in some surrounding villages in Wukari local which claimed many lives and several others injured, was unacceptable. 

“I am deeply saddened and outraged by the heinous attacks on members of our constituency at Tsukundi, Kyhazo, Pita and other villages in  Wukari local government which, unfortunately, resulted in the tragic loss of innocent lives.

“This criminal act is a direct assault on the peace and harmony that we have worked tirelessly to foster within our community.

“It is of utmost importance that the perpetrators of this act of terror are apprehended and brought to justice,” he said.

He explained that the stakeholders of the area cannot allow such acts of violence to go unpunished as it undermines the fabric of their society and threatens the security of our people.

Jimkuta urged the people of Taraba South in general and Wukari in particular, to remain calm and refrain from any acts that could lead to a breakdown of law and order and further disrupt the peace they were striving to maintain.

“Let us unite as one community and work with entrenched security systems to address this grave injustice,” he added.

Meanwhile, he has called on the people of Taraba South to come together in unity and resilience and support one another and foster an atmosphere of peace, love, and understanding. 

Reacting, national secretary, Ayatutu Cultural and Social Development Initiative Worldwide, Comrade David Nyiagee, expressed disappointment with the senator-elect,  David Jimkuta for profiling the Tiv people as responsible for the attack in Tsukundi and other villages in Wukari local government. 

“Who knows if the Tsukundu incident is a mere propaganda by the Jukun in their usual way to give the Tiv people a bad name in order to find favour and continue with their agenda of ethnic cleansing on the Tiv people of Taraba state?” he said. 

Blueprint learnt that, at least five persons have been killed while several others were injured, following the barricade of roads by unidentified armed men in the area last week.