Fulani / Agatu clashes: kogi lawmaker calls for Naval outpost in Bagana

Julius Atabor, Lokoja.

Against  the recent fulani herdsmen violent attack on Bagana communities in Omala LGA of , Kogi state, , a lawmaker in the House of Assembly, Rt .Hon. Aliyu Akuh has called on the Federal Government to establish a Naval base and police station to curtail incessant killings and burning down of houses of the people of the area.

In a motion of public importance moved by the representatives of Omala state constituency Hon. Aliyu Akuh  on Thursday and supported by the Deputy Majority leader and member representing Ankpa 1 Hon.Ahmed Muhammed  noted that the herders invaded the communities on Sunday 7th April, 2019 in which no fewer than 50 persons including police men  were killed and scores of houses razed down.

The lawmaker lamented at the attack on the villages of Bagana, Ogba and Patanyi was one too  many as similar arson took place  in 2015 less than four years creating humanitarian crises as survivors scampered to different villages within and outside  the state for refuge.

He regretted that Bagana which was noted for its peace and tranquility and being a commercial hub of the Omala  local government area  has been turned to ghost town as a result of incessant clashes with dire consequences on the natives.

He said while the people were returning back to their  homes  to rebuild their destroyed property, the gunmen again stormed the place with deadly weapons sniffed lives  out of the people who are  mostly farmers and fishermen, soliciting for urgent attention to prevent shortages of food across the area.
While asking all the stakeholders from the area to work for the restoration of peace commended  the effort of the state government for the drafting of security personnel to the area.
He urged the federal government to urgently commence the rehabilitation of the displaced persons by directing NEMA and SEMA to provide relief materials to mitigate their suffering.
Akuh who ,was a former Deputy Speaker of the House appealed to the state government to constitute a high powered panel of inquiry to unravel the remote causes of the incessant pogrom that has defied solution since 2013 when the problem erupted between Agatu/ fulani in Benue state before it escalated to Bagana and its environs in kogi state.

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