President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the immediate deployment of troops to maintain law and order in Nasarawa state.
There had been clashes over the weekend between the Eggon and Alago ethnic groups which claimed several lives and left others injured just as many houses were set on fire.
Military spokesman, Ibrahim Attahiru, told journalists in Abuja that the deployment of the troop is to further beef up security in the state.
Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday said it would partner with the Nasarawa state government to tackle security challenges in the state.
The director of Conflict, Ethics and Good Governance of the commission, Tina Nwodu, said this while exchanging views with Sani Yakubu-Awa, the state commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, in Lafia.
She said that the commission was concerned about the loss of lives and destruction of properties taking place in the state.
“Crises do not just erupt, it has traces, and early warning responses will assist to get firsthand information for it to be nipped in the bud. We are prepared to partner with the state government to ensure enduring peace and stability,” Nwodu said.
She said that crisis caused all kinds of abuses on law-abiding citizens, with children and women being the most affected victims.
The director explained that the agency would meet with the community and women leaders, market associations and youth groups to discuss on peace and unity of the people of the state