44 killed, 26 in­jured in Kogi vi­o­lence — Re­port

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

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.

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