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Published On: Fri, May 25th, 2018

Group: How peace can be achieved in Nasarawa, Kogi troubled LGAs

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By Musa Adamu Abuja

To bring a lasting peace between Egbura and Bassa ethnic groups in Toto Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa state and Bassa LGA in Kogi state the two state governments need to take a number of steps, a socio- cultural group has said.
The group, Egbura National Development Association (ENDA), addressing a press beifing in Abuja through its President, Prof. Ibrahim and its Secretary, Prof. Yusuf Aboki, called on the two states to look into its suggestions with a view to bringing the intractable feuds between the two ethnic groups to an end.
According to the group, Kogi state government should probe a proprominent personality who is also a traditional ruler and a current state house assembly member for thier roles in the recent crisis that engulfed Egbura communities in Bassa LGA of the state.
It further called on the Nasarawa state government to probe a high ranking officer with one of the anti-graft bodies and a top civil servant in the legal department of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as a one-time Chairman of Toto LGA for their roles in the bloody crisis engulfing Toto LGA of the state.
It said: “we are aware that a prominent personality who is also a traditional ruler, and a politician both in Kogi state, a high ranking officer with one of the anti-graft bodies and a top civil servant in the legal department of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as a one-time Chairman of Toto LGA, who are all sons of Bassa and their conspirators within and without Nasarawa and Kogi states, are some of the notable sponsors of this latest terror being visited on Egburas and their communities in the two states.”
The group further urged Kogi state government to faciltate the return of all the Egbura survivors diplaced from the communities of Ogbonka, Ogbaozanyi, Ozugbe, Ahutara, Okanga and Ibiroko Egbura communities, all under Mozum Chiefdom of Bassa LGA of Kogi state, who are currently Internally Displaced Persons in Umaisha and surrounding communities in Nasarawa state as well as Lokoja and surrounding communities in Kogi state, back to their ancestral homes.
It also urged Kogi government to direct the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to provide these IDPs with relief materials especially more so that the Muslim Ramadan fast has begun.
The group called on the Nasarawa government to “reverse the inherently weird and provocative decision of every Bassas to indiscriminately settle at Ugya irrespective of where they were before 1997 crisis.
“We consider their decision weird and provocative because some of these Bassas were even from Kogi state. The decision of Bassas to all settle at Ugya and abandoning their villages and communities where they were before the crisis of 1997 clearly does not and cannot bring about the much needed peace.

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