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14 Arrested Over Nasarawa Crisis, Curfew Imposed
The Nasarawa State Police ommand on Monday arrested 14 persons suspected to have been involved in an attack on Alakyo village in Lafia East Development Area by Fulani herdsmen.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ugochukwu Theodore, said five people were killed, seven injured and over eight shops and two vehicles were set ablaze during the incident.
He added that seven motorcycles were also set ablaze and those that sustained varying degrees of injuries had been taken to Dalhatu Specialist Hospital for treatment.
Theodore said the police command had beefed up security in all flash points, urging law abiding citizens to go about their lawful duties.
“Our men have been fully mobilized to the flash point areas and normalcy has since been returned to the affected areas, particularly Lafia municipal area,” he said.
Following the crisis, the Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Al-Makura on Monday night imposed a 6.00pm to 6.00 am curfew in the state.
The chief press secretary to the governor, Yakubu Lamai, who announced this after the emergency security meeting held at the Government House in Lafia said that the action became necessary due to continuous crisis that engulfed the state by two warring groups.
The curfew came on the heels of a violent clash between members of the proscribed Ombatse militia group and Kamberi youths.
The crisis began when some Eggon youths invaded Lafia to attack emir‘s palace as a reprisal of invasion of Alakyo village by Fulani herdsmen on Sunday morning before they were repelled by Kamberi youths.