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Land dispute claims seven lives, others injured in Nasarawa

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A land dispute between the Gbagyi and Bassa ethnic groups in Kudu village, Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State has claimed seven lives, with many others injured.

Pmnews.ng learnt that the crisis began when the Bassa ethnic group allegedly invaded a community where the Gbagyi people had settled for their farming activities.

A source stated in Lafia on Tuesday that many houses and farm produce worth millions of naira were destroyed as a result of the clash.

According to the source, the attacks were getting too much and the government seemed to be silent about it, saying, “We can no longer sleep in our houses with our two eyes closed. We really need help in Kudu community as soon as possible.”

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State said the government recently developed strategies towards tackling insecurity in the local government area.

Making the disclosure while presiding over an emergency executive council meeting held in Lafia on Monday, the governor said even though the matter was not part of the agenda for the meeting, it had become necessary to bring it up before the executive council because lives were lost.

The governor announced plans to convene a meeting involving the Gbagyi, Egbirra and Bassa communities to address the overriding distrust and perceived acrimony.

He assured that the security agencies have already moved in there and would get to the bottom of it.

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