Fulani, Eggon clash causes tension in Nasarawa
The Police have reported that most houses in the area have been burnt down and the town is currently a shadow of itself.
Recall that the Managing Director of the Police Micro Finance Bank, Alhassan Gidado, and two others were murdered in the same area in September, 2013 when Ombatse militia attacked neighbouring villages and passers-by. The two others killed were the Abuja branch Manager of the bank, Tunde Banwo, and their driver, Aliyu Adamu in Tudun Adabu.
The recent fight is an aftermath of the killings that occurred between Monday and Tuesday, around Assakio in Lafia local government and Bakyano in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area. On the said Tuesday, about 20 houses were burnt in Assakio, while the resident of the paramount ruler, Osula Inarigu, was wrecked.
There is tension in the state at the moment for fear of counter attacks across communities where Fulanis and Eggons reside.
Ismaila Numan, the state police spokesperson who confirmed the incident however said information available to the Police was still sketchy, especially as it concerns casualty figures. He said the town of Assakio, a few kilometres outside Lafia has been deserted.
“Houses around the chief’s house have been set ablaze while the chief’s house was vandalized. We didn’t recover any corpse, but the town has been deserted. The town is just like a ghost town,” he said.
The Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the Nasarawa State governor, Abdulhamid Kwarra, during a press briefing on Wednesday disclosed that communities in Akwanga, Nasarawa Eggon, Lafia, Obi and Wamba Local Government areas were ensnared in crisis.
“The state has again been engulfed in security challenges in the past seventy two hours, which has led to some fatalities, and at the same time, displaced some persons,” he said.
Mr. Kwarra held that the number of casualties would be ascertained after the state Security Council meeting which was still holding at the time of the briefing.
He thereafter gave the assurance that government had taken positive measures to contain the situation.
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