Violence continues as more houses are set ablaze in Nasarawa

The crisis between the Eggon Ombaste group and Fulani herdsmen still continued on Tuesday with clashes in some parts of Tudun Gwandara area of the state where more houses were set ablaze by the warring group, despite the curfew imposed on the state by the Nasarawa State Government between the hours of 6p.m. and 6a.m.

At the last count, no fewer than 10 people were killed both at Shabu and Lafia metropolis and several houses, shops and vehicles were torched during the incident.

Official and commercial activities were grounded in Lafia, the state capital, and its environs as shops and commercial banks remained closed as major transport operators also temporarily halted operations leaving many passengers stranded. The violence forced residents to scamper for safety.

According to a source, the crisis in Tudun  Gwandara occurred when hoodlums in Lafia reportedly stormed the area in search of an Eggon man that was released by the police after he was apprehended earlier by the hoodlums for causing panic in the area.

Governor Tanko Almakura, while on an assessment tour of the area where crisis broke out, said more security personnel would be deployed to beef up security.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ogochukwu Theodore, confirmed the incident, saying some persons had been arrested in connection with the crisis.

He added that the suspects would be charged to court after investigations are concluded.

Trouble was said to have started when some group of youths went on revenge mission over the near invasion of the palace of the Emir of Lafia, Isah Mustapha Agwai I, by youths suspected to be from Eggon on Sunday, an incident that led to the death of three people.

Gunmen had at the weekend, attacked Alakyo village, which is the ancestral home of the spiritual leader of Ombatse militia Lega Agu also known as Baba Alakyo, where the Ombatse militia group mysteriously killed over 89 Nigerian security operatives last year.

At the time of filing this report, government spokesperson could not confirm if Baba Alakyo, the spiritual leader of Ombatse militia group, was killed during the invasion of the Alakyo village by gunmen, even as Al-Makura has gone round town to see for himself first-hand information of what happened after fresh fighting erupted in Lafia on Monday.

The whereabouts of Baba Alakyo is also not yet known as scores of villagers fled the area.

All effort to reach the Nasarawa State Head of Service, Dominic Bako, who is receiving treatment at the state specialist hospital after he was hit in the arm, by a bullet when he ran into the protesting youths in Shabu, an adjourning village to Alakyo for comment proved abortive while the hospital staff refused to disclose the ward he was being treated.

Last night, students of the state Polytechnic and College of Agriculture in Lafia, both located few meters away from Shabu, are yet to recover from the shock, just as those who fled the school for safety are yet to return, even with the heavy security presence on the streets of Lafia.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ogwochukwu Theodore, confirmed the incident, but said that the police have been drafted to bring the situation in Alakyo and other places under control.
Nasarawa, like neighbouring Plateau and Benue States, has witnessed several ethno-religious clashes leading to several lose of lives.

Speaking in Lafia on Tuesday, the Fulani leader urged Nigerians to team up in other to move the country forward, promising that Fulani leaders around the country will do everything possible to obey the laws during and after the 2015 election.

"2015 election should not be determined by any sentiment like religion and ethnicity Nigerian youths should break away from the barrier of religious and ethnic sentiment," he said.

He however called on the Fulanis and other ethnic groups in Nigeria to be law-abiding citizens by shunning any form of vices in 2015 general election.

Badejo further called on it members to follow the directives of the Board of Trustee and executives of Miyetti Allah in guiding them for the upcoming general election.

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  1. Ejinwa Anthony

    November 19, 2014 at 11:32 am

    when will peace be restored in the north, today it’s boko haram torment tomorrow fulani herdsmen fight, do u guys like dispute that much?

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