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Tension hits Nasarawa town as herdsmen share kolanuts

Sseviiri Aloysius

Oct. 09, 2019

Umar Muhammed, Lafia
There  has been  tension in Assakio town in the Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State since     Fulani herdsmen  boycotted all activities in the community after sharing kolanuts last  Wednesday.
This was disclosed  during a peace meeting  at the  headquarters of the Ministry for Local Government  in Lafia on Tuesday.
The  meeting was  at the instance of the overseer of the development area, Mr Shuaibu  Buba.
The meeting was inconclusive even when the overseer offered to buy kolanuts and share them   for peace to reign.
The meeting  was also   attended by the representative of the traditional ruler, the Ossakio of Owusakyo,  Osula Inarigu;  the state chairman Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria , Hussaini Mohammed; and security officials.
The action of the herdsmen is said to have sparked  panic among   residents  of the town  as some believed by sharing kolanuts and boycotting town activities the herdsmen were planning to cause trouble in the town.
Sources claimed some of them had already fled Assakio based on the  fear of  the unknown.
It  also learnt  that the herdsmen were angry because some people in the  community alleged that they were selling  unhealthy sheep and cows.
However, MACBAN chairman in  Lafia East, Abdullahi Mamuda,  denied the allegation.
Mamuda  said all efforts to resolve the matter in the palace of the traditional ruler were unsuccessful.
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