Bassa Cultural and Development Union (BCDU) in yesterday disclosed that 31 people were killed as a result of attacks on them by their Egbura neighbours.
The group said 20 Bassa persons were killed at roadblocks mounted by the Egbura militia since hostilities broke out in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, a few weeks ago.
At a press briefing yesterday in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, the National Secretary of BCDU, Gwatana Huliyi Dogwo, said that many villages in Toto had been invaded, razed down and property looted by Egbura militia group in military uniform.
He regretted that the military men sent to the area supposedly to keep peace have taken sides, and, according to him, they now go about chasing, shooting and killing his people in their settlements.
“It is incumbent on us as over-all body of the Bassa nation to tell the world about the reign of terror and massacre unleashed on the Bassa people in the ongoing war in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. Sadly, it does appear the government and all relevant bodies have remained mute on the issue.
“It is over two weeks now since the crisis in Toto began and the Bassa people have been consistently attacked by the Egbura hired mercenaries who parade themselves in military uniforms. These mercenary gangs are often mistaken as military men by our people who, as it were, ought to provide security, but are used by Egbura militia to wreak havoc on the Bassa,” he said.
Dogwo added that the both the paramount ruler in the area and political leaders kept silence and looked the other way when Bassa people were being killed by their neighbours.
The secretary called for the setting up of a judicial panel of inquiry with immediate effect to investigate the crisis and punish those behind it.
Dogwo also called for the establishment of a military base between Toto and Umaisha to check the constant unwarranted attacks by militia men, just as he called on government at all levels to come to the aid of Bassa people.