Al-Makura Vows To Track Down, Bring To Book Perpetrators Of Violence In Nasarawa

Al-MakuraGovernor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has disclosed that the state government has begun implementing the recommendations of the retired Justice Joseph F. Gbadeyan-led judicial panel of inquiry into the killing of security personnel at Alakyo village by suspected Ombatse ethnic militia last year.

The governor noted that there would be no sacred cows in the implementation of the report, adding that whoever was found wanting by the panel, and the other two panels before it, would face justice.

Gov. Al-Makura dropped the hint yesterday in Lafia, the state capital, at a stakeholders’ meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), while reacting to the recent massacre of over 50 persons by Eggon youths at Igga village in Nasarawa Eggon local government.

He affirmed that the state government would not fold its arms and watch innocent citizens to be killed by criminals, vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“As a government, it is incumbent upon us to guarantee the security of life and property and we cannot allow our people to continue to live in fear”, he said.

“Those criminals, who carried out the senseless attack in Igga where over 50 people were killed, will be tracked down wherever they are, whoever they are”, Al-Makura vowed.

Speaking on the party’s preparations for the forthcoming state congress, the governor gave the assurance that it would hitch-free just like the ward and local government congresses and called for more cooperation from party members.

Speaking earlier, chairman of the appeals committee, Senator Joseph K. Waku, said that after the successful conduct of the ward and local government congresses in the state, not a single appeal was filed before his committee.

He, therefore, hailed the governor for abiding by the principle of true internal democracy where officials were elected on merit.

“It is worth commending that throughout the exercise the governor has not endorsed any single candidate for any office which is the mark of a true democrat”, he said.

Speaking in the same vein, chairman of the Congress Committee, Barr. Ahmed El-Manzuk, expressed satisfaction with the conduct of members during the congresses noting that despite the religious and ethnic diversity in the state, the just concluded exercise was rancor free and urged other states to emulate Nasarawa.

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