By Emeka Mamah and Joseph Erunke
No fewer than 30 persons were feared dead in Assakyo, headquaters of Lafia East Development Area of Nasarawa State, following renewed violence between Alago and Berom communities.
The crisis was said to have erupted between the two warring communities following a disagreement over some payment to a traditional head in the area.
Sunday Vanguard gathered that the Eggon people objected to the payment to the Alago traditional head, alleging that the other community was taking undue advantage of them.
Claims and counter claims over a piece of land by the two communities resulting in a similar incident had made the state governor, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-makura, to intervene four months back following which the two communities were barred from the land.
Nasarawa State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Cornelius Ocholi, who confirmed the development in a telephone interview, yesterday, said his command had deployed one unit of Mobile Policemen to the area to restore peace just as he said normalcy was gradually returning to the area.
Alarmed by the communal killings, the Arewa Consultative Forum, yesterday, described it as barbaric.
ACF, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Anthony Sani, regretted that some people resort to violence as a way of settling disputes.
The statement read, ”ACF condemns the communal violence which occurred between the people of Alago and those of Eggon ethnic extractions-which claimed many lives and resulted in destruction of properties.
”ACF is not happy with the unfolding practices whereby violence is being seen and used by some people to settle disagreements which ought to be addressed by constructive engagements and due process of law.
”These practices are barbaric and uncivilized and,therefore,must not be allowed to become national ethos.”