Tra­di­tional ruler knocks Al­makura on Nasarawa in­sur­gents

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

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.

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