Again, Gunmen kills Six , Scores of Houses razed in Bagana, kogi Community.

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Again, Gunmen kills Six , Scores of Houses razed in Bagana, kogi Community.

* Lost over 300 lives in 7 years.

No fewer than six persons were confirmed killed, and houses razed in a sustained and coordinated attack by gunmen in the early hours of Monday on Bagana village in omala LGA of kogi state.
This is just as a similar attack occured barely a month ago leading to the death of about nine persons and property worth millions of naira destroyed forcing hundreds of inhabitants to seek refuge in neighbouring communities.
The attackers who went straight to the House of one Chief Salifu Anyebe, who in a fortnight ago had his stool classified to third class – set the palace ablaze and in the process , shot three persons including one Madam Achebe Alih popularly known as Mama Teacher to death.

The early morning raid made the villagers, who were just returning back to the village from the similar attack scampered to safety in the bushes .

It was gathered that, the attackers, who may have been allegedly linked to a clan opposed to his ascendancy, had planned to attack him during the proposed ceremony of the title.

However, our correspondent reliably gathered that the information of the attack leaked to him, forcing the abrupt suspension of the ceremony , but the attackers went on to attack the palace leading to complete burning down of his palace, his car and other valuable Properties belonging to the chief and close families that lived in cluster with him.

Our correspondent equally gathered that immediately the attackers left, some militias from nearby communities were allegedly mobilised , armed with sofisticated weapons and combustible materials who went on burning spree razing down houses belonging to the suspected clans and those who are on the fence in the ongoing crisis .

Our Correspondent reliably gathered, that the reprisal led to the burning down of the palace of the Oga Onu Ife , a paramount ruler and the District Head of Bagana ,Chief Alih Haruna, and other houses belonging to some notable inhabitants were also torched .
According to the locals, a House belonging to the Serving Councillor, representing the District, Hon. Alidu Usman Idakwo and those of other tribes were not spared.

A local who could not hold back tears over the wanton destruction of lives and property lamented at the nonchalant attitude of the government whom he alleged were only waiting to commiserate with the people rather than taken divisive action against the perpetrators .

He added that since 2013 that the crisis erupted as Fulani herders and farmers clashes, later snawbolled into ethnic and Clannish cleansing , lamented that no fewer than 300 persons have lost their lives and property worth millions of naira destroyed.

The police confirmed the attack and  gave the names of the deceased as Suleiman Baba, Yusuf Lere, Mrs Achebe Alih, others are Abubakar Salifu, Danlami Yahaya and Ugbede Attah on admission.

However, the leader of Indigenous people of Bagana, Alhaji Umar Bagana lamented at the recurring orgy of killings and destruction of properties, since 2014 and blamed the violence on the clanish jingoists contending for the soul and potential of the town.
He called on Governor Yahaya Bello to enforce his directives to the Chiefs to relocate to their respective domain as a measure to tame the tide of violence being unleashed on the Community.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Idrisu Dauda Dabban in company of the chairman of Omala LGA Hon. Ibrahim Aboh had on Tuesday visited the area and as usual assured the people to return home that peace, — of the graveyard- has returned, adding that the police have commenced discreet investigation to bring the perpetrators to book.




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