A communal clash between natives of the the Bassa local government area of Kogi and the Igala people on Friday, April 13 has reportedly claimed the lives of not less than five person with about fifty houses allegedly burnt down, although the police force in the state is giving a contrary report as to the extent of the damage recorded after the incident
Not less than five persons have been reported killed in Aloko-Oguma in the Bassa local government area of Kogi after a bloody communal clash in the community on Friday, April 13.
The clash between the Bassa Kwomu and the Igala was over the harvest of cashew nuts on a piece of disputed land.
Also, owing to this, no fewer than 50 houses were burnt down in what was described as a reprisal attack. The Punch reported that the Igala people were aggrieved for losing one of the natives to the Bassa Kwomu who afterwards buried him in a grave without a trace of the burial site, Punch reports.
This according to reports, triggered anger among the Igala who mobilised themselves, killed five Bassa Kwomu people and razed down over 50 buildings belonging to them. The avenging community fled their homes as fears of reprisal by the attacked people was suspected.
Samuel Alumka, the administrator of the local government area, and the House of Assembly member representing the area, Sunday Shigaba, visited the community recently and appealed to the warring groups to put aside their grievances and embrace reconciliation.
William Aya, the state police public relations officer, who confirmed the incident, however, said only one old woman was killed in the attack.
He also confirmed that a detachment of policemen and soldiers had been drafted to the area to restore peace and sanity.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the Senate had set up a committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the disruption and violence during the empowerment programme organised by Senator Ahmed Ogembe and the police involvement in the dispute.
The committee was setup during plenary on Wednesday, March 7, after Senator Ahmed Ogembe alleged that the empowerment programme he sponsored was disrupted by thugs in Kogi state.
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