No fewer than 15 persons were reportedly killed by unidentified gunmen in Umaisha, the headquarters of Opanda chiefdom in Toto local government area of Nasarawa State and several others were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries during the attack.
An eyewitness, who pleaded for anonymity, told our correspondent that during the attack about 15 people were killed while several others were injured and scores of houses were also destroyed.
Narrating their ordeal to our correspondent in an exclusive interview, the national president and national secretary of Egbura National Development Association, Prof. Ibrahim Aguye and Prof Yusuf Abokiold, respectively, alleged that the attackers came in their hundreds with sophisticated weapons, on Friday 18, 2018 immediately after the Egbura commenced Friday’s prayers and started shooting sporadically into the air, killing scores of people while several others sustained various degrees of injury.
He said: “We are constrained to give the concerned authorities some promising lead that would prove useful if followed.
Confirming the incident shortly after the security meeting, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, who addressed journalists on behalf of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, Abdulkarim Kana, said that there were a number of casualties, but could not give the actual figures of people that lost their lives during the attack in Toto local government area of the state.
But, the commissioner of police, Nasarawa State command, Mr. Yahaya Bello, who confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with our correspondent yesterday, said the command recovered five dead bodies during the attack in Toto local government area of the state.
The command had since drafted its personnel to the trouble area to maintain law and order. It called on the warring communities to give peace a chance in the state.
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