Nasarawa Crisis: Security stepped up in Lafia as military quells fresh unrest

tanko Al-Makura
Governor Tanko Umaru Al-Makura

Security was stepped up in Lafia metropolis and its environs on Tuesday following a deadly violence that led to the death of at least one person Monday.

On Tuesday, there was an uneasy calm around the town as people went about their normal businesses.

Shop owners around Doma and UAC Road opened around 11 a.m. while shops remained close in some other areas.

Early morning skirmishes around Tudun Amba behind the Emir’s palace were contained by the military, now stationed around Kilema, along Doma Road.

Some government sources said the state governor, Tanko Almakura, was working towards addressing the people of the state after a meeting with all parties involved in the conflict.

The state government imposed a curfew on Monday evening after houses and properties around Tudun Gwandara were razed as reprisal for the near invasion of the palace of the Emir of Lafia, Isah Agwai I, by youth suspected to be Eggon on Sunday.

That incident led to the death of two people.

Fresh violence erupted in Lafia, Monday as rival youth groups clashed.

The conflict grounded economic activities as shops owners closed for the day.


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  • Brown

    The Governor is the main person fuelling the violence, I don’t suppose he’s in a good place to restore peace; the ugly part is that he comes up on media to pretend as though he doesn’t know who behind it all.

    • Strong System

      Have you heard of militia group called Ombatse?

      • Cross

        Ignorant people like Strong System have nothing to contribute to the discussion on violence in Nasarawa state. By the way, what does Strong System know about Ombatse? Brown has clearly seen through Governor Al Makura’s duplicity-fueling and sponsoring the violence and at the same time appearing in public to be talking about peace. The man is simply deceiving himself and has set himself on the path of destruction.

        • Strong System

          Cool down….. what goes around comes around.
          Almakura’s time will surely come if what you’re alleging is true.
          A lot of people thought Ombatse got away with the murder of our patriotic security agents, considering the romance between them and the PDP, little did we know that another evil group was capable of destroying them.
          This is a jungle called “Naija” where there’s no rule of law

          • Cross

            I agree with you: what goes around comes around.
            The death of our police and security officers in Alakyo last year was/is highly regrettable and should be condemned. The question is what was Al Makura’s motive in causing the deployment of more than 90 security officers to Alakyo village- a deployment that did not receive the approval of the police/SSS high command in Abuja? In plain language, Al Makura and his cohorts wanted to use the police to execute his evil agenda and the plan backfired!
            Since the last Alaykyo fiasco, Al-Makura has resorted to importing mercenaries to execute his evil agenda for Nasarawa state. It is this band of mercenaries that launched the murderous attack on Alakyo last Sunday. And the reason for the attack, as carried by some dailies, is because of 500 cows were stolen and taken to Alakyo. Only fools will believe this! The people of Nasarawa state know what Al Makura is up to. But let him be reminded that those whom the gods want to destroy, they first make mad. The man has simply gone crazy!

  • Bashi

    IF YOU DONT KNOW OMBATSE ARE THE EVIL CULT GROUP THAT KILLED 98 NIGERIAN
    POLICE,SSS AND DSS and the FG did not do anything about it. i wonder
    why they are shouting now

    • Cross

      People like you do not give any thought to whatever issue(s) you want to discuss. That explains the pedestrian nature of your post. I advise you to read and study the issue under discussion before you come here to expose your ignorance.

  • Danlami

    If you ask 100 nasarawa indigenes about the situation, 99 will tell you that the violence is sponsored- The governor wants to destroy or dislodge the people in the areas where he has no support ahead if the 2015 election. For hundreds of years all these tribes were living together in peace until the present APC led government came on board. Infact, it is common knowledge that Almakura became governor in 2011 with the support of the so called ombatse militia and the eggon tribe. Then he promised to do one term and hand over to them. Now he is afraid because his eggon and ombatse supporters have all defected to the pdp and are themselves interested in the governorship seat. Hence “Obatse’ means ‘OUR TURN HAS COME”!

  • Danlami

    The truth will always come out, Almakura the Evil Governor!