The Egbura National Development Association (ENDA), a socio-cultural group, has cried out over ethnic killings that have created tensions between Egbura and Bassa people of Kogi and Nasarawa states, which it said has led to killings and dislodging of communities in the two states, Premium Times reports.
The group made the disclosure in a statement signed by its national president, Ibrahim Aguye and secretary, Yusuf Aboki; following the foiled daylight attack on Umaisha community in Nasarawa state on Friday, May 18.
It was gathered that the sustained killings against the Egbura people has been characterised as “genocide”, and the Bassa people has been singled out as the perpetrators of the attacks.
“Apart from Ugya which has experienced sustained attacks by Bassa mercenaries, surrounding villages such as Kolo, Katakpa and Ogba have also come under attacks on different days, as well as many other Egbura communities in Toto LGA which are still experiencing guerilla styled attacks, while lives as well as properties are being lost.
“We are constrained to give the concerned authorities some promising lead that would prove useful on the timeline of their campaigns of carnage and terror which has seen them raiding various Egbura communities of Toto LGA.”
The group also alleged that the attacks have political undertones, and urged the affected state governors to end the mayhem by taking proactive measures.
In particular, ENDA urged the Nasarawa state government to “unmask the masquerades behind the latest crisis which we have every reason to believe, has political undertone.”
It also called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) to come to the aid of the Egbura indigenes who had been displaced by the attacks.
Nigerian news website, NAIJ.com had previously reported that not less than fifteen people were killed in a communal clash that happened between the Bassa and Egbura ethnic groups in Umaisha town, Toto local government area of Nasarawa State.
The spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in Nasarawa, DSP Idrisu Kennedy, confirmed the clash.