5 killed in Nigeria's Nasarawa communal clashes

By Rafiu Ajakaye, Monday, April 28, 2014

Communal strife is becoming a routine in most parts of central Nigeria

Communal strife is becoming a routine in most parts of central Nigeria

LAGOS – Five people were killed in ethnic clashes between in Nigeria's central Nasarawa state over the weekend, according to police and eyewitness accounts.

"There was a renewed hostility over a farmland at Igga in Eggon-Nasarawa local government area where at least five persons died and some others sustained injuries," police spokesman Umar Ismaila told Anadolu Agency on Monday.

He said the clashes had pit Eggon and Gwandara ethnic nationalities against each other.

"[Normalcy] has now returned to the area as our men have intervened," added the spokesman.

He did not disclose the number of those arrested but Dogo Igilari, a resident of the area, said about 10 people have been taken into custody on both sides.

"Five persons were arrested from both sides," Igilari told AA Monday morning.

"Lives were lost and properties were destroyed in the process. We hope police will help us bring an end to the incessant clash over land," added the local resident.

Communal strife is becoming a routine in most parts of central Nigeria, often time caused by varying factors such as land disputes, kingship matters and age-long rivalries.

Hundreds of people were killed in farmers-herdsmen violence over the past months.

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