44 killed, 26 injured in Kogi violence — Report
A report of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kogi State government says 44 persons were killed and 26 others injured in communal clashes and violence that erupted in three local government areas of the state.
The chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into civil disturbances in communities in the three LGAs of Omala, Bassa and Dekina, Justice Josiah Majebi, disclosed this yesterday while presenting the report of the commission Yahaya Bello.
According to him, 115 persons were identified to have been responsible for the mayhem that lasted for several months.
He said the commission during its visits to the communities and public hearings discovered that the crises in Ogane-Nigwu, Iyade, Ojuwo Ajimadi, AgbenemaIfe and Agabifor in Dekina and Omala local government areas were between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers.
He however to Governor said the immediate cause of the attack on Orokwo and Orokwo Buse villages in Bassa local government area was between the Igala and BassaKwomu tribes.
The commission advised the state government to provide palliative assistance to the victims of the crises and direct them to maintain the status quo pending decision on the report.
Receiving the report, Bello promised to ensure security of lives and properties of the residents of the state, saying his administration would not play politics with the lives of the people.
The governor said he was ready to hunt the people that had been causing mayhem in the state.
The special adviser to the state governor on security matter, Commander Jerry Omodara (rtd), however called for the establishment of a naval outpost in Nkende, to further ensure security in the area.
He said the recommendations of the commission would be adequately implemented to bring lasting peace in the affected communities.