Tiv People In Taraba, Petitions Governor Ishaku, Speaker Over Settlements’ Name Change
Tiv community in Dan Anacha Urban settlement, Gassol Local Government area of Taraba State has written a petition to the Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly over alleged ethnic cleansing against Governor Dairus Ishaku .
They also alleged that Governor Darius Ishaku, has changed the name of the biggest Tiv settlement in Taraba, which is designated as an urban town and named it after Jukun.
But another Tiv group in Taraba called Tiv Culture, led by Goodman Dahida dismissed the allegation and commended Governor Darius Ishaka for his effort towards the return of Tiv people who were sent packing back to Taraba state by the previous administration.
Goodman Dahida told The Nation that the governor is the reason Tiv people now live peacefully in Taraba.
A four-page petition to the Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly signed by Hon Jacob Gbagede and 26 other Tiv persons in Dan Anacha town in Taraba State, obtained exclusively by The Nation , stated that Governor Darius hate the Tiv People in Taraba State.
The petition titled: Petition against the purported change of the name Dan Anacha settlement to Kwararafa by Governor Darius Ishaka as announced by the chairman of Gassol Local Government Area Yahuza Yaa’U during a security meeting held at Mutum- Biyu on 22nd/ July / 2016 “ .
The group under the auspices of “Tiv Community Dan Anacha” alleged further in their petition which was copied the Senate President, Speaker House of Representatives, National Human Rights Commission, Inspector General of Police and Director General DSS among other federal agencies, that apart from Dan Anacha, other Tiv villages in Taraba which the governor had changed to Jukun language included: Tiv-Jukun, Ayu-Tsokundi, Tormusa-Jibwaje, Tsekaakir-Chudan, Toho Abanyo-Adikyan, Ikperen-Kemberi, Genyi-Rafinkada, Anyam Kwevel-Bichi, to mention but a few.
It said the tiv kindred head of such villages were also replaced with Jukun tribe heads.
An attempt to speak to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Tarabas state on his mobile line failed as he neither retuned calls nor text messages sent into his phone .