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Homes destroyed as Kogi crisis spreads to Nasarawa

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A violent clash between the Egbura and Bassa people in Kpenche, Kogi State has spilled over to communities in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State leading to destruction of homes and properties.

It was gathered that the Bassa were displaced from their communities after they were allegedly attacked by the Egbura on Thursday and Friday.

The President, National Association of Bassa Students, Nasarawa State Chapter, Abraham Gbaje explained that the crisis in the area started on April 22 when Egbura militants reportedly attacked Kpenche, a Bassa town.

“On that day, the Egbura militiamen attacked Kpanche and the palace of its paramount ruler, Mr. Jonathan Chabani, at 5am.

“The aim was to shock the Bassa people beginning with Kpanche settlement. In the attack, the palace of the paramount ruler was totally destroyed, killing about four of his family members. The paramount ruler himself escaped narrowly. No fewer than seven persons reportedly lost their lives in the invasion,” Gbaje narrated.

He claimed that some of the attackers also lost their lives during the violence.

“When the Egburas of Toto LGA realised that some of their commanders also lost their lives, they began preparations to attack Bassa. They started by killing two Bassa lads, who were children of one Rev. Moses Gunu in Umaisha,” the student leader stated.

He accused security operatives of protecting the Egbura, alleging that

some mercenaries had been contracted to exterminate the Bassa nation.

The Nasarawa police spokesman, Idrissu Kennedy, confirmed the crisis, but said that operatives had been deployed to maintain law and order in the affected communities

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