Fresh fighting erupts in Lafia, Nasarawa; 1 feared killed

Fresh violence erupted in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital on Monday, with youth chasing away Eggon residents from the state capital and burning their properties.

At least one person was reportedly killed.

The crisis has shut the city down, and grounded economic activities as shops have been closed while their owners flee.

Lafia has been deserted with only few people plying the roads and government offices half closed, a PREMIUM TIMES reporter in the town, says.

Gunmen had on Sunday morning attacked Alakyo village, which is the ancestral home of the spiritual leader of Ombatse militia, Lega Agu, also known as Baba Alakyo.

The attackers chased the residents of the community away and burned the Ombatse shrine.

Alakyo is the village were over 89 Nigerian security operatives were killed last year by the Ombatse militia group.

In Lafia, mob sacked Tudun Gwandara, a popular Eggon community in Lafia, and set fire on the house of the president of the Eggon Youth Movement, EYM, Daniel Anyabuga and other few.

Mr. Anyabuga told PREMIUM TIMES he had informed security agencies of the development.

Women and children of Eggon extraction were seen in droves moving out of the town and boarding vehicles to Nasarawa Eggon and Akwanga local government area, between 30 to 60 kilometres away from Lafia.

A resident said a commercial motorcyclist was set alight in the B.A.D Motor Park.

Abubakar Lawal said the victim was on his way to an Eggon settlement when youth hacked him to death and burnt him with his motorcycle.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the youth were on revenge mission over the near invasion of the palace of the Emir of Lafia, Isah Mustapha Agwai I, by youth suspected to be Eggon on Sunday. That incident led to the death of two people.

Government sources said the government was contemplating imposing curfew on the town.

The governor, Tanko Al Makura, summoned a security meeting where the decision may be taken.

The state governor Umaru Tanko Almakura who visited the Emir Monday afternoon after the fresh violence erupted, appealed to the emirate to call the youth to order as government has provided enough security to protect lives and property of the citizenry.

Mr. Almakura also visited Shabu area where the Head of Service, Dominic Bako, was shot in the arm on Sunday when he ran into protesting youths and assured them that government is on top of the situation.

The state Police Public Relations officer, PPRO, DSP Ugochukwu Theodore said that the police command has beefed up security in all flash points urging law abiding citizens to go about their lawful duties.


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  • Sidi

    This etnnic cleansing of Eggon people was all along predictable.
    The Security Service should have foreseen and forestalled it.
    This is pure genocide partly in retaliation for Eggon’s attacks.
    No enduring peace will break out in Nasarawa state soon.

    • PROF

      The fulanis are animals ,the only language they understand is violence,they are out to claim land and extend their dominance in areas were minorities are.that is the ambition ,my advice to egon people is to relocate to Friendly communities or fight back.

      • Peace_3

        They fight you, you fight them back and the cycle of fighting, killing and destruction continues. Losers:the poor people on both sides. Winners: silly politicians and community leaders on both sides that instigate the violence. May God give the people wisdom and bring peace to Nasarawa state.

    • Dan Fulani

      Which security service, how are you sure they are not the ones avenging their murdered friends?

  • Otile

    Where are APC chieftains, let them come out and tell us how Jona failed to prevent the violence. If Imam Buhari was the president today there would be peace and prosperity in Arewa and beyond.

  • favourtalk

    What a tragic that nigeria president cannot help the common man see the peace they promised them. We need a change cos this challenge is more than what GEJ can tackle, he doesn’t have any clue on the issue of the nation. We need change

    • Otile

      Of course, who else will the Yorubas blame except GEJ. They somehow believe that once they knock off Great Jona and install Imam Buhari peace and prosperity will reign in Arewa and Oduduwaland.

  • u s man

    I expect egon people to learn from what happens in plateau btw fulani and berom, the (berom) regretted of starting that fight. Fulani don’t easily forgive but if it’s hausa the easily forgive .the should try and make peace with them. Secondly, egon have fought virtually all the tribes in nasarawa state. Infact, have to retract their steps, not the will never find it easy.

  • Dan Fulani

    The police and the SSS are taking their revenge. This is the price of impunity the Eggons have to pay now that Maku is not there insulting Northern leaders.

  • D-ONE

    i really don’t know where we are heading!!!! after 100 yrs of countryhood we still have Fulani, eggon, Igbo, hausa, Yoruba, ijaw and no Nigerians!!!!!!!!!!
    serzly Nigeria seems to be a joke!!!!!!!!!

    • Otile

      Nigeria is only held together by force because of oil from SE SS.

  • Sharia_Haram

    Muslims on killing spree. Non-Muslims must stand-up and defend themselves.