In Nasarawa: Chairman debunks seizure of 1, 000 hectares of Tiv land
From Suleiman Lawal, Lafia
The Authorities of Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa state have debunked a media report that the Council Chairman, Muhammad Oyimoga colluded with a traditional ruler of Giza, Alhaji Umaru Elegu Abu II to confiscate over 1,000 hectares of farmland belonging to Tiv farmers.
The report captioned: “Ethnic war looms in Nasarawa as Obi Council Chairman, traditional ruler confiscate Tiv Farmland.”
Speaking to The Triumph in an exclusive interview, the Council Chairman Oyimoga described the report as baseless and not only lack but is mischievous.
“From all indications the report is aimed at inciting communal crises among the peace loving people of Obi LGA and by extension the entire State,” adding that this is uncalled for.
The media report quoted Amudu community leader, Mr. John Mbakuuv, a bloody tribal conflict might soon erupt in the North Central state if urgent steps are not taken.
Oyimoga called for “proper investigation into the matter with a view to allowing some set of people to ferment trouble for no just reason. I don’t know anything about this report; I believe some people want to drag my reputation for the reason better known to them into the mud,” he added.
He refuted that he visited the community in question to claim any farmland allegedly owned by Tiv farmers.
“Therefore, to me this is just a dream of some elements who don’t want peace at all times.
“As the executive chairman of Obi Local Government Area, I will not fold my arms to watch irresponsible people use whatever means to breach the peace and harmony of our people,” he warned.