25 August 2014

Nigeria: Nasarawa - 17 Killed, Scores Injured in Fresh Eggon, Fulani Clash

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Nasarawa state map.

No fewer than 17 people were killed on Sunday night during a clash between suspected Eggon youths and a Fulani community in the Alingani area of Fadaman Bauna, in Assakio, headquarters of the Lafia East Development Area of Nasarawa State.

It was reported on Monday that the clash ensued when Eggon youths attacked Alingani as a revenge for the destruction of Eggon farms by the Fulani herdsmen and their cattle.

Investigations by our reporter showed that the youths initially on Saturday evening, launched an attack on worshipers in a mosque, killing about three people and injuring many others.

Our correspondent, who went round the state capital, sighted more than 100 Eggon refugees comprising women and children who fled their ancestral homes.The refugees, who fled their homes for fear of being attacked by the Fulani, were brought to the state capital in a truck. They assembled in front of frontage of Dalhatu Specialist Hospital.

In an interview with our correspondent, two Eggon indigenes, Musa Idris and Aisha Sule, said "We cannot continue to stay in that community again because the Fulani have already taken over the entire community and there is no security man there to protect us.

"As we are talking to you now, our houses have been burnt by the attackers and our farms have been destroyed by the Fulani.

"The policemen that came to the area to rescue us were overpowered by the Fulani herdsmen in the area."

An eye witness told our correspondent that the people that were killed were more than 25. He added that their corpses were dumped in a bush.

He said the fight between the Fulani herdsmen and Eggon youths broke out when the herdsmen encroached on farmlands belonging to the Eggon.

When contacted on the telephone, the state's Secretary of Mayetta Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Altai Hussein Abubakar, told our correspondent that four Fulani people were killed by Ombatse militia.

Abubakar, however, stressed that the Eggon were peace-loving people who had lived with the Fulani in the area for over 150 years.

He said current Ombatse onslaught on several communities in the state could not be said to be an ethnic clash with the Eggon ethnic nationality.

He said, "Our leaders from both Eggon and Fulani communities in the state must not allow youths, most of whom are drug addicts and mentally deranged to set such a violent social agenda for us, and so we are calling on our leaders, the government and security agencies to halt this lingering violent aggression."

But the Police Public Relations Officer, Ismaila Numan, Nasarawa State Command, who confirmed the incident, said the Police only rescued three persons who were injured and took them to Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia.

He added that the police recovered two corpses.

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