Security: Biroko Community Sends “SOS” To Bello Over Siege By Bassa Kwomu, Agatu Mercenaries.
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja
Biroko and Egbura communities in Bassa LGA have raised an alarm that their lives and properties are being thretened by Bassa Komu and the hired Agatu Militia from Benue state.
A Press release signed by Hamzat Muhammed Danladi and Abubakar Yusuf, Vice Chairman and Secretary respectively, onbehalf of the Concerned Mozum Youth Association, complained that since the return of the displaced persons on the order of the Governor, Bassa Komu militia had continued to intimidate and harass the Egbura returnees.
The statement recalled that “on the 8th January, 2020 the executive Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello gave an executive order for all the displaced communities to return to their ancestral homes. As a follow up to this order, . on the 14th January, 2020 the Biroko community under Mozum district returned to their ancestral home with the support of security personnel.”
From the date of their return, the Biroko community have been under intimidation, harassment and use of provocative hate speeches against them. As if this was not enough, the Bassa Komu community resorted to physical attacks.
“On Friday 14th February, 2020 the community came under heavy attack that forced even the security personnel stationed in the community to vacate the town. This attack was preceded with forceful harvest of the Biroko community fishing ponds by the Bassa Komu communities and hired Agatu Militias from Benue State with sophisticated weapons.
“We the Mozum Concerned Youth Peace Advocacy (MCYA) wish to call on the State Government, the security agents and the relevant stakeholders to urgently come to our rescue.” The statement said.
According to the release, ” the Bassa Komu and their hired Agatu militia have besieged the Egbura Biroko community in Bassa LGA and threaten even the security personnel with their sophisticated arms. As we speak there are built up intention and plans by the militias to further attack other Egbura communities . ”
It would be recalled that the Bassa Komu militia layed ambush on the military vehicle on duty on Sunday 30th june 2019. If a community with the capacity to confront military personnel, then it is an indication that it cannot be trusted to be on the path of peace. “We are therefore concerned with the life and properties of our people. “
They thanked the Governor for all he did to arrest the volatile situation before now and appealed to him to ensure strict compliance to the order of 8th January, 2020 for the return of all the displaced communities.