Five Killed, 50 Houses Set Ablaze In Kogi Communal Clash

Five people were reportedly killed and 50 houses set ablaze in a communal clash between Igala and Bassa Kwomu tribes in Kogi state. The incident was said to have started on Friday and extended to Sunday.

According to sources, the crisis erupted following a dispute between the Bassa Kwomus and the Igalas over the harvest of cashew nuts.

It was gathered that some individuals from Igala claimed ownership of the cashew farm leading to a fight between both sides. The Igalas Sunday alleged that the rival tribe killed one of their members and buried him secretly.

Angered by the situation, they were said to have retaliated by killing five people and razed down over 50 houses belonging to the Bassa Kwomus.

It was also learnt that there has been a long time tribal rivalry and pent-up anger between the two tribes.

Confirming the incident, the member representing Bassa state constituency in the Kogi state house of assembly, Sunday Shigaba, said some individuals had been having issues among themselves over cashew before the crisis escalated.

He said people were killed and houses burnt in the violence that engulfed the community.

He said he had visited the community along with the administrator of the local government area, Samuel Alumka, to commiserate with the people.

They appealed to the warring factions to sheath their swords and live in peace.

Also, men of the Nigerian Army and the police were said to have been drafted to the community to maintain peace.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Kogi State Police Command, William Aya, confirmed the incident but said only one person was feared dead.

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