17 Die As Eggon/Fulani Communal Clash In Nasarawa (PHOTO)

17 Die As Eggon/Fulani Communal Clash In Nasarawa (PHOTO)

By Ephraim Adiele | Associate Editor on August 26, 2014
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At least 17 people lost their lives on Sunday, August 24, 2014 following a clash between youths suspected to be of Eggon extraction and Fulani in Alingani   Fadaman Bauna, Lafia East council development area of Nasarawa State.

According to Punch, the Eggon youths attacked the Fulani over destruction of their farmland by cattle belonging to the latter.

3 people were alleged to have lost their lives on Saturday, August 23, 2014 when Eggon youths attacked a mosque were worshipers were gathered.

Punch Newspaper reports:

The PUNCH also gathered that the youth also burnt down houses belonging to the fleeing Fulani cattle rustlers.

Our correspondent sighted more than 100 Eggon refugees comprising women and children who fled their ancestral homes.

Persons displaced as a result of the clash... on Monday [photo credit: Umar Muhammed/The Punch]
Persons displaced as a result of the clash… on Monday, August 25, 2015 [photo credit: Umar Muhammed/The Punch]

The refugees were brought to the state capital in a truck to the Dalhatu Specialist Hospital.

An   Eggon indigene , 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 broke out when the Fulani herdsmen encroached on farmlands belonging to the Eggon.

When contacted on the telephone, the state Secretary of Mayetta Allah Cattle

Breeders Association, Altai Hussein Abubakar,   said that four Fulani people were killed by Ombatse militia.

He said, “Our leaders from both Eggon and Fulani communities in the state must not allow youths   to set such a violent social agenda for us. So we are calling on our leaders, the government and security agencies to halt this lingering violent aggression.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ismaila Numan, Nasarawa State Command,   said the Police took the three injured persons to the Dalhatu Araf

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