- A communal clash in Nasarawa state has reportedly left 15 people dead
- Reports say the clash happened as a result of a lingering chieftaincy tussle
- The police say there are no official figures concerning the casualty level as a result of the clash
Not less than fifteen people have reported killed in a communal clash that happened between the Bassa and Egbura ethnic groups in Umaisha town, Toto local government area of Nasarawa state recently, according to reports.
Daily Trust report that the two parties recently clashed over an age-long chieftaincy dispute in the town.
The report quoted a witness, Abdullahi Haruna, as saying attackers from one of the ethnic groups started with sporadic gunshots late evening on Monday, April 23, before invading the town early morning of Tuesday, April 24.
Abdullahi reportedly put the casualty at two, while other sources said the figure had risen to at least 15.
The spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in Nasarawa, DSP Idrisu Kennedy, confirmed the clash.
“We don’t have report of casualties in the clashes but the attackers touched houses and vehicles during the attack,” he said.
According to him, the command arrested two people who were suspected to be members of the team that lunched the attack in Umaisha.
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“Security men repelled the attackers and two people were arrested, seven double barrel guns were recovered from the suspects,” he added.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has declared that the federal government will not allow miscreants to stoke up a religious conflict by making it impossible for anyone to preach the gospel or even for Muslims to worship in their mosques.
A statement by Laolu Akande, his spokesperson, said Osinbajo stated this at the inauguration of the headquarters building and auditorium of the Deeper Life Bible Church in Gbagada, Lagos on Tuesday, April 24.
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