It was indeed a weekend of tears for residents Arikya and Anshangwa villages in Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State as some gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen killed not less than 20 people and set about 70 houses ablaze on Friday, September 26, 2014 during an attack.
A report by Punch revealed that many residents were displaced in the attack which occurred around 11 pm.
Meanwhile, this incident occurred less than six days after the over 200 Fulani invaders attacked Gidan Gambo, 30 kilometers away from Lafia, the state capital, killing 10 people, setting over 50 houses ablaze and rendering hundreds of people homeless.
Luck ran out of one of the rebels, Abdullahi Buldi, as the youths got hold of him during the attack at Gidan Gambo. He confessed that they were hired by some well-known “Alago” in the state to attack Eggon communities in the state in a serial order.
The Punch’s source, whose identity was not disclosed, said the attack at Arikya and Ashangwa was a retaliation attack following the capture of Buldi by Eggon youths.
One of the eye witnesses of the incident, Alaku Alumbugu, who eventually fled to Lafia, said the Fulani attackers shot at irregular intervals in all routes.
“As I speak to you I don’t know the whereabouts of my family members. The attackers were too many and they were shooting in all directions. I took to my heels,” the eyewitness said.
A source who pleaded anonymity while relaying the incident to Punch correspondents said he saw some of the displaced residents taking refuge at the headquarters of Eggon Local Government Area of the state with their bags and other valuables on their heads while the mothers among them had their babies strapped to their back.
However, confirming the incident in a telephone interview, the Police Public Relations Officer of Nasarawa State Command, Ismaila Numan, refuted the claims of recording 20 deaths and admitted that only few houses were burnt.