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TENSION has enveloped Akwanga, headquarters of Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa state, following the massacre of 17 villagers by unknown gunmen.

Nigerian Pilot gathered that the attackers, suspected to be armed herdsmen invaded Kochu village in the Local Government on Monday night and opened fire on inhabitants of the community, killing 17 people, most of whom were young men and women holding a night party.

National President, Mada Development Association, youth wing, Comrade John Umaru, who confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with our Correspondent alleged that the attackers were armed Fulani men, who unleashed terror on the innocent Mada inhabitants of the village.

He said that 17 corpses had been recovered from the affected village and taken to the Akwanga General Hospital, even as many people were still missing.

Umaru regretted that the victims, who sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries, were abandoned at the same General Hospital and other medical facilities in the area without any response from both the Local Government Aithorities and the state.

The youth leader, who led hundreds of Mada youth on a peaceful protest matched through major streets of Akwanga matroplis to the palace of Chin Mada, Paramount ruler of Mada nation, demanding immediate deployment of security operatives to the area.

He accused the state government of insensitivity on the security situation affecting the Made people of the area.

“The Fulani people have been attacking and killing our people for some times now but no action is been taken by the state government to stop the mayhem”

“As I speaks to you corpses of the victims are lying at the Akwanga General Hospital with those who sustain injuries abandoned. Until now, no government (Both Local and state) official has made any public statement concerning this unfortunate incident”

He warned that unless urgent steps were taken by government and the security agencies to stop the massacre and bring the perpetrators to justice, the youths would be left with no option than to defend themselves.

The incident happened barely three weeks after a similar attack that claimed many lives and property worth millions of naira destroyed was recorded in the area.

Efforts to reach the state police command on the ugly incident could not be successful as the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ismaila Usman claimed he was not on seat and referred Nigerian Pilot to the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations) in the command, DCP Umar Shehu Nadada, who could not respond to text message and several phone calls put across to him by our Correspondent.

Also, efforts to get the state government reaction on the situation and accusation of insensitivity leveled against government by the Mada youths proved abortive as the Director, Strategic Communication and Press Affairs to Governor Al-Makura, Mr. Yakubu Lamai could not pick phone calls put across to him.

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