By: Ahmed Idris, Nasarawa
Toto Local Government Council of Nasarawa State has refute false claims by a Group of Bassas from Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State that an Egbira Militia Training Camp exists in Katakpa, in Toto Local Government Area.
Reacting to the spurious and damaging allegations by the National Bassa Youths Development Association (NBYDA), as reported by some national papers, the Chairman of Toto Local Government Council, Hon. Aliyu Abdullahi Tashas expressed shock over the fake rumour coming from Bassas in Kogi State.
Hon. Tashas in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Yahaya Idris, stated that there is no iota of truth in the claims by the Bassa Group as the Council is presently engaged in flushing out the bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements that have been terrorizing the Area.
The statement noted that the entire Toto Local Government Area has since been under thorough security surveillance using various security personnel, the local vigilantes, hunters, the army, police and the DSS who are battle ready to combat any group, either bandit, kidnappers.
“The Military, Police, and other relevant security agencies deployed to the area in collaboration with the local vigilantes and hunters have been performing their duties to rid the area of bandits, kidnappers and other suspected persons of questionable characters
“The combined security operatives in the area have yielded positive results and we have not received any report of any group or militia or a camp where people are getting trained to cause havoc to any person, such can never happen under my watch” Hon. Tashas stated.
Recently, a Group, Bassa Youths Development Association from Kogi state, alleged that the Egbiras have hired some military personnel to train militia at Katakpa in Umaisha district of Toto LGC who they claimed will be used to attack the Bassas in Kogi State and was published by some national papers.