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BASSA Cultural and Development Union in Nasarawa State, has accused the Nigeria Army of conniving with the Egbura people of the state to cover the truth and mislead authorities on the crisis between the two ethnic nationalities.

National Secretary of the union, Mr. Gwatana Dogwo, who made the allegation at a press conference in Lafia at the weekend, maintained that the recent claim by army authorities that it recovered assorted arms and ammunitions from Zwere, a Bassa village in Toto Local Government Area of the state was misleading and calculated to cover the atrocities being committed against his people by Egbura militia.

Dogwo was reacting to what he described as recent invasion of Zwere village by armed military operatives where the army subsequently paraded a number of assorted arms and ammunition before newsmen in Lafia last week, claiming the items were recovered from the village during the raid.

The national secretary noted that Zwere, was before the invasion, one of the few surviving Bassa villages in Toto Local Government arguing that it was not a militia camp as portrayed by the military authorities.

According to him Zwere remains the headquarters of Zwere village area, headed by the Bassa where the village head still draws his monthly salary from the Local Government Council, arguing that such historic a historic settlement could not be tagged a militia camp.

“Also the said recovered assorted weapons and rounds of ammunition cannot be true. How could the Bassa who are running for their dear lives have been able to keep such sophisticated weapons?”

He pointed out that the ethnic crisis in Toto LGA was between the Egbura and Bassa and not against the state, wondering why the Bassa people were singled out for destruction.

“Why are Egbura who caused the war, being protected and shielded by authorities? Is it because the Egbura have no body at the corridors of power?”

While noting government efforts to keep the peace in the area, Dogwo called for more concerted effort to end the mayhem, even as he urged government to ensure the return of displaced persons to their ancestral homes.

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