Traditional ruler knocks Almakura on Nasarawa insurgents
The traditional head of Gwer West in Benue State, Ter Tyoshin, Chief Daniel Abomste, yesterday urged the federal government to beam its searchlight on Nasarawa State governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, over contradictory claims on the presence of insurgents in his state.
Abomtse said the Nasarawa governor should tell the world in clear terms who those killed by soldiers in Keano on Thursday were, instead of his claim that they were international hunters and not insurgents.
“Almakura has been quoted in newspapers as saying that he knows where the insurgents reside in forests in his state and that they are not anywhere near the town where the innocent Fulani men were killed. But, in his previous comments, when the crisis between Tiv farmers and Fulani herdsmen started, he had said that the state was not habouring insurgents. Almakura should tell the world in clear terms that there are terrorists in his state and urgently apologise to the Tor-Tiv and if the Fulanis are indigenous to his state, he should bring out their voters’ cards,” he said.
The traditional ruler said he has been vindicated by a memorandum he recently submitted to the Deputy Inspector General of Police Mike Zuokumorled peace team which accused the governor of aiding and abating suspected terrorists to carry out mayhem in Benue communities.
He advised the military authorities to ensure that terrorists posing as hunters within Nasarawa State and anywhere in Benue are sent out of the country, saying failure to rid the area completely of the suspected criminals would result in their return soon after the military leaves.