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Land Dispute led to lost of life in Nassarawa State

A house belonging to Musa, a youth leader in Kwandere, was razed by unknown men alleged to be palace thugs. It was gathered that the trouble started when some youths who were farmers went berserk over their farm land which they alleged was acquired by the state government without compensation.

A farmer in the area, who chose not to disclose identity said, some land surveyors from the state ministry of works, housing and urban development stormed their farm land on Wednesday last week asking them to vacate the land to enable the state government build an estate on their farm land.

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According to him, the aggrieved farmers in protest stormed the palace of the Emir on Friday to enquire from their traditional ruler if he was aware of the development. He alleged that upon arrival to the palace of the elder brother to governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, Alhaji Ahmadu Al-Makura, the police personnel attached to the emir opened fire on the protesters, killing one person on the spot.

Speaking on the incident in a telephone interview, the youth leader, Mr. Ibrahim Musa said some irate thugs at the palace invaded his residence at about 1:am on Saturday and set his house ablaze including all his properties. According to him, the thugs also stole two hand set and made away with the N1.2 million from the sale of a piece of land from him after killing a 27-year-old man. Late Husieni Yauhuza is a graduated from College of Education Akwanga recently, but suddenly lost his life as a result of the dispute.

He further pleaded for the intervention of the state government on the crisis before it escalate into another communal clash in the state.

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