Bassa Elite Demand Action on Kogi, Nasarawa Killings

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A coalition of Bassa elite has urged governors Yahaya Bello of Kogi and Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa states respectively to take immediate action on the extrajudicial killing of their kinsmen in the two states.


The Publicity Secretary of the council, Ndazhaga Nyizo, said yesterday in Abuja in a statement that their concern was necessitated by the recent communal clashes between the Bassa and their historical neighbours, the Egbura ethnic nationalities in Bassa and Toto LGAS of Kogi and Nasarawa states respectively.

He said this was followed by series of controversies over an alleged stage-managed armed robbery on May 29, 2018 by their neighbours when one of their own was killed accidentally but that the Bassas were blamed for the attack to justify an attack on them leading to the killing of 13 Bassas.


“The coalition is aware of the peace meeting by the Ohimege, traditional ruler of Igu chiefdom who oversees Okpareke which was the center of the carnage. The coalition commends the Ohimege for his effort to ensure that lasting peace returns and is sustained in his chiefdom. However, reports available to this coalition have it that some unscrupulous elements have vowed to ignore the peace parley reached by the stakeholders of Bassa and Egbura at the instance of the Ohimege,” he said.

Credit: Daily Trust

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