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7 Mar 2019

20 feared killed in Kogi communal clashes

The communal clash between the people of Egburra Mozum and Bassa Kwomu in Kogi State has claimed about 20 lives in Bassa local government council of Kogi State in the early hours of Thursday.

The two communities in the last two years have been fighting over supremacy.

A community leader in Sheria, Mr Gberegu disclosed to newsmen that the Egburras had in the early hours of Thursday allegedly attacked Bassa kwomu when no fewer than twenty people were killed while several houses have been razed.

This, he said was in spite of earlier call for seize fire on 8th January.

According to him,” the bridge linking Oguma and Sheria was completely razed down by Igburra militias while
Sheria village has been deserted.

He decried the continued militancy of Igburra Mozum against the Bassa kwomu.

Meanwhile, the Kogi State Police Command spokesman, Mr. William Aya, while confirming the incident said that the sate command had received a report of clashes in the area and responded by drafting officers from the State Anti-riot squad and conventional police and found one unknown corpse which was evacuated immediately while the situation was brought under control.

He said that the state police commissioner, Hakeem Busari has also ordered more officers to be drafted to the area to complement the efforts of those already on ground.

However, the state police command confirmed the death of one person in the clash.

The Police Public Relation Officer, William Aya said that the unknown corpse was discovered after a detachment of officers was drafted to the area in response to reported clashes between the two communities.

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