Gov Sule fumes over Bassa Kwomu gunmen attack on Toto community.
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has expressed disappointment over the breakdown of reconciliation between the Egbira and Bassa ethnic groups, who for decades have been at loggerhead.
The recent attacks on Katakpa in Umaisha Development Area of Toto Local Government, killing four persons, leaving several others injured, several houses, cars and food items worth millions of naira burnt down, has drawn the ire of the Governor, who promised to deal ruthlessly with the perpetrators.
It was reported that the Bassa Komu traditional ruler, Aguma, Dr David Wodi Tukura, called addressed a Press conference after attending a reconciliation and stakeholders meeting at Government House, Lafia, and some hours later the Bassa Kwomu militia struck at Katakpa.
Reports from the area indicate that the recent attack by Bassa gun men on Katakpa last Tuesday night marked the second within a fortnight.
In the first attack 4 innocent peasant Gbagyi farmers allegedly killed, many injured, while houses and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.
The Chairman, Toto Local Government Council, Hon Abdullahi Aliyu Tashas who visited the area for on the spot assessment and as well condole families of victims, appealed for calm, assuring that the government and security agencies have commenced investigations with the view to apprehend the bandits.
The Chairman, Toto Local Government Council, who conveyed the Governor’s message to the community, said it was very unfortunate that despite his achievements in area of security and the state government peace initiative, some disgruntled individuals have chosen to disrupt the relative peace being enjoyed in the area.
Hon Tashas informed the people that Governor Abdullahi Sule was pained by the development and will take a decisive actions on the frequent attacks by the bandits.
He described the attack as callous, inhuman, assuring that the attackers will be brought to book, no matter their hiding place.
Tashas called on the residents to remain calm and respect constituted authorities saying that security agencies are on ground to forestall further break down of law and order.
The Council boss appreciated the local vigilante and soldiers for their quick response that repelled the bandits assuring them of the State and local governments determination to protect lives and properties.
Responding, the Village Head of Katakpa, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmadu whose compound and all valuable were completely burnt down appreciated the chairman for the visit and for identifying with them at their painful moment.
He appealed to the government to take stringent measures to prevent future occurrence.
He informed the chairman that eight houses, six vehicles, seven motorcycles and three lives were lost in the recent attack that took place in early hours of Thursday February 1, 2024 adding that the attackers are of Bassa Kwomu extraction.
The chairman was accompanied by heads of Security agencies, his Deputy, Hon Abubakar Haruna Kwannakis, Speaker Toto Local Government Legislative Council and the APC chairman Toto Local Government Area among others.