14 November 2012

Nigeria: Nasarawa South Hit By Pockets of Violence, Two Killed

Lafia — Communities in Nasarawa-South axis have experienced fresh attacks between peasants and nomads which have killed two persons between Monday and Tuesday.

A peasant was killed on Monday at about 6am when gunmen believed to be cattle-rearers stormed in on Agboko, a village near Kadarko, and opened fire on villagers who were just waking up from their beds.

A security report by Adamu Adi, the administrator of Giza Development Area to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura said a man was killed, while a woman was badly injured with machete in the attack.

State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer (DPPRO), Cornelius Ocholi confirmed that Agboko was hit by crisis from gunmen, but said the identity of the attackers was still unknown.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Abayomi Akeremale had already deployed armed policemen to the area. "Armed policemen are already on ground and they have restored normalcy there", Ocholi said.

A day after, another incident happened in Agyeshi Metu, a village in Doma Local Government Area. Youths believed to peasants in the community, attacked and opened fire on a house, killing a cattle-rearer who had just returned from Hajj in Mecca.

Hussaini Mohammed, State Secretary of Miyetti Allah, a Fulani socio-cultural group told Daily Trust today that the attackers burnt the house of their deceased. "But we have asked our people not to take laws in their hands. We have reported the matter to the police", Mohammed said.

State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ada Michael confirmed troubles in that area, but said there was no official report yet about any casualty. "The CP (Commissioner of Police), has long deployed men there and normalcy has since returned to the area."

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