- The Emir of Kwandere in Nasarawa, Alhaji Ahmadu Al-Makura, has claimed that some of his subjects on Friday, May 4 attacked his convoy, destroying his vehicles over an alleged land tussle between the people and the state government
Alhaji Ahmadu Al-Makura, the Emir of Kwandere was on Friday, May 4, attacked by his subjects over alleged land tussle.
The Emir confirmed to newsmen on Saturday, May 5, that the people attacked him after the Friday prayer in Kwandere area of Lafia, Nasarawa state capital, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said that he was shocked at the behaviors of the people because they were carrying sticks, stones and other weapons. He narrated that the whole thing started with protest by the people before the prayers.
The Emir said: “They said they would not give their lands for the building of 100 housing units by the Federal Mortgage Bank in the area.
“They also said their lands were taken over for the building of Comprehensive Primary Healthcare Center, International Markets, among others.
“So, they said that I should talk to the governor that they would no longer give their lands for further projects.”
Al-Makura explained that he had earlier met with leaders of the group that led the protest and agreed that they would put all their grievances in writing. He remarked: “I offered to lead the delegation to the governor, but to my surprise they still attacked my convoy, destroyed my vehicles and attacked even police officers.”
Meanwhile, an eyewitness who preferred anonymity, said their grievances was that their land was taken over by the government with nothing for them to farm. He added that they were staging a peaceful protest but the Emir ordered the police in his entourage to shoot everyone on sight.
He claimed that five people were shoot, out of which one Hussaini Yahuza died and others sustained various degrees of injuries and were receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
When NAN contacted Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), DSP Kennedy Idirisu, he said the command has yet to receive report on the incident. He however said that they would investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that one person had been reportedly killed when some armed herdsmen moving from Benue state clashed with a farmer over mischief on farmlands in Jangaru community of Awe local government area of Nasarawa.
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