Nasarawa govt de­nies com­mend­ing army over at­tack on Fu­lani vil­lage

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hir Joseph, Lafia

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.

PHOTO

People fetch­ing wa­ter from a bore­hole at Kawo area of Kano yes­ter­day.

SANI MAIKATANGA

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