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Land dispute claims 4 in Nasarawa

At least four people have been reportedly killed and scores of others injured following a community land dispute in the Keana Local Government Area of…

At least four people have been reportedly killed and scores of others injured following a community land dispute in the Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Daily Trust learnt that the crisis broke out around the Nasarawa-Benue border communities housing the indigenous Alago and Tiv farmers in the area.

The president of Mzough U Tiv, Nasarawa State branch, Mr Philip Nongu, who spoke on the development on Tuesday, told newsmen that an unspecified number of residents of the area had been murdered.

Our correspondent gathered that the crisis broke out when some dead bodies of Alago indigenes were found on their farms.

An eyewitness who was at the scene of the incident but preferred anonymity because of the complexity of the incident and was not permitted to speak on the issue, narrated that at the last count, four people had died – two from Alago and two from the Tiv.

The senior special assistant to Governor Abdullahi Sule on public affairs, Mr Peter Ahemba, condemned the attack but maintained that the situation had been brought under control with the deployment of security operatives to the area.

The police public relations officer, Nasarawa State command, DSP Ramhan Nansel, who confirmed the incident to journalists, explained that officers of the command had been drafted to the local government area to restore normalcy.

“Two persons died and five others were injured in the crisis, but at the moment, normalcy has been restored in the affected areas.

“The incident is condemnable, but I can assure you that the Nasarawa State police command is on top of the situation,” he added.

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