The leaders of Tiv people in Taraba State under the umbrella of Tiv Cultural and social Association (TCSA) have accused the Military posted to bring peace in Taraba instead, raping their wives and daughters as well as destroying their properties in the name of a manhunt for bandits in Southern Taraba.
The community made this claim during a press briefing in Jalingo, Taraba State capital.
The President General of the association, Chief Goodman Dahida, read the statement. He accused the Military of ransacking Tse Juku and Akinde villages in Donga Local Government Area of the state on the 29th of June 2020 where the Military allegedly killed a family of four during the raid.
“The Soldiers who drove in a vehicle marked NA 93AN 13 killed Vihishima Aondowase, his wife, a 9-year-old child, and a cousin who were returning from the hospital.
“They also shot and wounded several others, instead of apologizing for their action of killing a helpless poor family, the mil6itary high command in Abuja addressed a press conference and hailed their men of killing bandits in Taraba State.
“This is not the first time the Military is carrying out this kind of shoddy job in our area, last month, the Special Force deployed to Gbishe in the neighbouring Benue state carried out a raid on Gberifan Village in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State, three houses were destroyed in the attack and three persons arrested.
He also claimed that the soldiers, last week, burnt the chairman of Peva yam market’s house alongside three others in Peva town, all in the name of hunting bandits.
He called upon the federal government and other relevant authorities to quickly come to their aid, to put an end to the impunity before it generates to another matter of insecurity that would cause high under development for the nation.
In the meantime, Nigeria military is yet to comment on the matter.