NO fewer than 31 people have again been killed in the ongoing communal crisis between the Egbura and Bassa
ethnic nationalities in Toto Local
Government Area of Nasarawa
State.

The new casualty figure was
disclosed yesterday by the national
secretary of Bassa Cultural and
Development Union, BCDU,
Gwatana Huleji Dogwo, during a
press conference in Lafia.
He reiterated that beyond the
attacks, killings and sacking of Bassa
people and their villages, all roads
leading to Toto, Ugya,Umaisha
and Ayewawa were being blocked
and manned by Egbura militias
claiming to be vigilante groups.
He alleged that the Egbura
militias now stop and search
vehicles as well as motorcycles,
thereby killing and maiming
anyone identified to be of Bassa
ethnic extraction.
“The most shocking component
of this crisis is the fact that the
traditional rulers as well as the
political office holders from this
local council have kept mum from
the inception of this crisis to date
giving us the impression that
they could be responsible for this
genocide since they are all of the
Ebura extraction,” he said.
The Bassa community leader
regretted that the royal fathers and
political office holders of the council
were expected to have made strong
statements condemning the killings
and arson but rather in their full
glare, the burning of Bassa houses
in Toto town, Ugya and other major
Bassa settlements in broad day
light continued unabated.
Dogwo therefore appealed to
President Muhammadu Buhari to
quickly come to the aid of Bassa
people of Toto Local Government
who have been displaced as a result
of what he described as genocide.
The community leader also
urged Governor Umaru Tanko Al-
Makura of Nasarawa State to visit
Toto immediately and engage the
warring parties on a dialogue.
It would be recall that the Egbura
and Bassa ethnic nationalities in
Toto Local Government Area have
engaged in fight that resulted

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