Nasarawa Governor, Al-Makura
The Nasarawa State Government has once again reacted to the allegations levelled by the Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom of herdsmen meeting in the state before launching attacks.
During an interview on Channels Television’s Question Time, State Governor, Mr Tanko Al-Makura described the allegations as very unfair.
“It is not true at all, there is none that I know of any kind of bandits or militants lurking anywhere in Nasarawa State with the intention of attacking Benue or any other state,” he said on Sunday.
Last month, Benue State Government held a mass burial of over 70 victims of the herdsmen attacks that were killed in the state in the early hours of the New Year.
Following the development, the governor was forced to say that information at his disposal indicated that the herdsmen allegedly met in Nasarawa before inflicting mayhem in his state.
These allegations forced Governor Al-Makura to deny it, insisting that security report does not in any way suggest the existence of herdsmen attackers wanting to inflict harm on Benue State or any other state in the country.
He added, “One thing I can say categorically is that I have never had any report by administrative officers in Tunga and Awe, neither have I got any security report by security operatives, the presence of any kind of bandits staying anywhere in that area.”
While regretting the inability of security operatives, the governor believes that more personnel should be trained in order to effectively secure the territorial zones of the country.
Al-Makura also appealed for more military presence, especially in areas that are challenging for the police officers, so as to forestall a reoccurrence of such ugly incidence.