27 April 2014

Nigeria: 15 Feared Killed in Nasarawa Land Tussle

Following a violent clash between the Eggon and Gwandara communities in Nasarawa State in the early hours of yesterday, about 15 people are feared dead, among them little children.

The bloodbath which occurred at Igga, Nasarawa-Eggon local government area, was said to be as a result of a piece of land belonging to a Gwandara man which some Eggon youths were said to have laid claim to.

LEADERSHIP learnt that the Eggon youths, upon being asked why they trespassed on the land, turned violent and started to unleash terror on any Gwandara man seen in the area.

The community head of Igga, Mallam Yusuf Alade, who was also reportedly killed in the incident, was said to have intervened and pleaded for amicable resolution of the crisis. But that was not to be, as the Eggon youths who were said to have laid siege to the town started burning houses and killing men and children while women were spared.

LEADERSHIP investigations revealed that the heavy death toll was recorded because of a wedding ceremony being held in the town. Most of the men and children who attended the occasion were ambushed and killed.

As at 5pm yesterday, the office of the chief press secretary to the Nasarawa State governor, Iliyasu Yakubu, had released the names of 35 people who lost their lives to the carnage.

One of the survivors who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity said the military were the first to arrive at the area but it was too late as the attackers were said to have deserted the area before their arrival. They were also said to have conveyed the wounded to a hospital in Lafia.

When contacted, the police public relations officer, ASP Ismaila Numan, confirmed the incident but maintained that the police had only confirmed five dead while investigation was still ongoing.

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