22 November 2012

Nigeria: Three Killed, Many Injured in Nasarawa Communal Clash

Photo: Vanguard.
File photo: Houses burnt in renewed tribal clashes in Nigeria.

It was sorrow, tears and shed yesterday in Agyaragu community of Obi local government area of Nasarawa State when the Eggon and Koro ethnic groups took up arms against each other leaving in its wake three persons dead and three others injured.

Speaking on the incident, the administrator of the Development Area, Mr. Wuduyamba S. Agidi, he was attacked by the Ombatse, a militant, spiritual Eggon youths, in his office dressed in their traditional black attire and cap forcing him to take a detour over the fence to escape from being lynched by the armed youth.

As at the time of filing this report, the administrator confirmed that homes of influential Koro people were selected for destruction by the Ombatse, reminiscent of the Assakio attack about a year ago. The former President of Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ, Reverend Samson Agidi, lost his house alongside several other houses that were razed leaving heavy sooth in the air.

At about midday, however, the Secretary to the State Government, Hamza Elayo Mohammed, said 7 trucks of military personnel were mobilized to the area to restore order.

Though the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Michael Ada, said police were sent to restore peace in the early hours of yesterday, LEADERSHIP investigations revealed that burnings and other forms of destruction continued unabated.

Narrating his ordeal to LEADERSHIP, an eyewitness who craved anonymity, said tension has been simmering in the area since Sunday evening when a vigilante group from Agyaragu town, headquarters of Jenkwe Development Area, stormed the outskirts of Gwadenye, notorious for Indian hemp smokers.

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