Nasarawa boils as violent clash erupts

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A violent clash between Eggon youths suspected to be Ombatse militia and Alago youths in Obi local government area of the state has caused tension in Lafia the Nasarawa state capital, and environs.

‎The immediate cause of the crisis is yet to be ascertained, sources claimed the clash is as a result of resistance by the Eggon youth to the arrest of their colleagues by security agents after a tipoff by Alago youths who suspected the movement of the Eggons from Lafia east to Obi town about 40 kilometers away.

Odobu, a village few kilometers to Obi town, mainly inhabited by the Alago tribe, has been razed down while the inhabitants have all fled to unknown destination.

Witnesses say despite effort to check the crisis by the police, the youths had a field day as they spent almost three hours burning houses and properties.

The state Police Commissioner, Umar Shehu, confirmed the incident that he had deployed his men to the area to halt the violent clash. He however declined to provide casualty figures saying “for now I cannot confirm any casualty figure until my men return”.

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