12th June, 2022
For their suspected roles and inability to checkmate the communal crisis in their communities, the Kogi government has clamped two first class traditional rulers in Bassa Local Government Area of the state, the Ohiegba of Mozum, Khalid Bukar Ali and the Aguma of Bassa kingdom, William Keke into detention.
They were arrested over the festering internecine crisis in the local government.
Governor Yahaya Bello also placed the Divisional Security Officer DSO of the Local Government and some Government appointees under security watch for their roles in the violence that has claimed many lives and properties.
Chief Press Secretary to Kogi Governor, Galaticus Onogwu in a press statement in Lokoja over the weekend confirmed the arrest of the traditional rulers.
He noted that the recent resurgence of recent crisis in the area occurred as a result of an alleged murder of an Bassa Komu palm wine tapper .
It was revealed that the palm wine tapper, Mr David Daku at Uga Cheure was killed in his farm near Oguma.
According to the locals, the killing of Mr Daku enraged the Bassa Kwomu who alleged that the Igburra Mozum people would have been behind his death
However, while security agents were still investigating the matter, another Bassa Komu man was said to have been killed same day at Koromu near Udogbo.
On Thursday June 2, 2022 another two Bassa Kwomu people were reported killed at Sheria farm and Korumu village.
According to the villagers, the deaths sparked hostilities in Udogbo and Mozum towns during which many have been killed and properties worth millions destroyed.
Meanwhile, the spate of crisis angered Governor Yahaya Bello who has since 2018 vowed to deal ruthlessly with any traditional ruler in Bassa whose community start up any crisis.
The Governor consequently ordered for the arrest of the traditional rulers.
Thus far concerted efforts to release the traditional rulers proved abortive. The state government is said to be determined on bringing every suspects to justice and restoring lasting peace in the troubled Bassaland.