Forty people on Tuesday reportedly lost their lives in Nasarawa State following a renewed crisis between Eggon ethnicity and Fulani herdsmen.
Nigerian Tribune reports that about 15,000 persons, comprising women and children, who were displaced due to the conflict are currently sheltering in some places in Lafia, the state capital.
According to reports from the community, residents have continued to desert their communities over fear of reprisal attacks from the suspected Fulani herdsmen.
It was gathered that brawl started on Sunday, over the alleged destruction of farm belonging to an Eggon farmer, at Alingani community, in Lafia local Government Area of the state, by some Fulani herdsmen, which led to a bloodbath that claimed 25 people from both side.
It was also gathered that another trouble ensued on Tuesday, at Ikposogye, an Eggon community, as gunmen reportedly stormed the area, and started shooting sporadically. It was further gathered that the action led to the death of 15 persons, with many others injured.
When the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ismaila Numan, was contacted, he confirmed that two persons died during Sunday’s attack, and noted that his command was yet to receive report of Ikposogye attack.
It would be recalled that suspected Fulani herdsmen on August 3, 2014, reportedly attacked worshippers at Sunday’s morning mass in a catholic church located in Ungwan Powpow village in Kachia local government of Kaduna State, leaving scores of them dead with several others injured. As part of efforts to curb their deadly attacks which also constituting nuisance in some parts of the north, Beni Lar, a National Assembly member representing Langtang-north/Langtang-south Federal Constituency, urged the Federal Government to provide grazing reserves for Fulani Herdsmen.