Nasarawa govt denies commending army over attack on Fulani village
The Nasarawa State government at the weekend expressed surprise over an alleged claim by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, that Governor Tanko Al-Makura called him on phone to commend the military over the invasion of a Fulani village in the state.
The state Commissioner for Information, Hamza Elayo, told newsmen during a briefing in Lafia that the dialogue claimed by the CDS never took place.
“Government wants to put it on record that Al-Makura never spoke to the Chief of Defence Staff either before or after the ill-fated operation. In fact the governor has neither met nor spoken to the CDS in his life,” Elayo said.
He added government that was the state
shocked that the CDS alleged that the herdsmen killed in Keana Local Government Area died during a gun battle with soldiers.
“Government is appalled over the purported statement, especially as it is coming seven days after the incident,” Elayo said, even as he added that the state government will not pick any holes in the military operation yet because they are still awaiting the report of the investigation promised by spokesman of the Defence Headquarters, Major General Chris Olukolade.
Elayo, who reaffirmed the state government’s position that those killed during the operation in Keana were not insurgents but herdsmen resident in the village, added that the government condemns activities of insurgents and other criminal gangs and will support any military operation to track and burst them.
People fetching water from a borehole at Kawo area of Kano yesterday.