Al-Makura To Ortom: Show Evidence Of Killer Herdsmen’s Hideout In Nasarawa
Blame game is one thing that you cannot take away from Nigeria especially when issues arise that require arrests and prosecutions.
Days after arms-carrying herdsmen killed some communities’ dwellers in Benue State the blame game has started again.
The government of Nasarawa State says it has been accused by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State of harbouring some of the herdsmen that attacked these communities.
But Governor Tanko Al-Makura and other indigenes of Nasarawa State have denied the allegation that some of the killer headsmen were hiding in Tunga, Awe Local Government Area.
He wants Governor Ortom to show proof that the killer herdsmen are hiding in his state.
Al-Makura, while making a presentation at a meeting with agencies convened by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris in Lafia on Thursday, described the allegation as "grievous, unacceptable and terribly speculative".
"It is a stigma and an aspersion on the state.
"This is an unfair comment to make of Nasarawa State, especially that we enjoy very cordial relationship and can always be reached with any evidence in that regard.
“In any case, the onus of proof lies with the accuser and I would appeal to my colleague to avail security operatives with the details of where he thinks the killer herdsmen are being camped.
“I can assure you as the chief security officer of the state that we would give the police all the necessary support to comb every part of the state to ascertain whether there is any such thing,” Al-Makura added.
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He said he had never received any security reports from the state either from security officer or his administrative detail of the existence of such killer herdsmen's camp in Nasarawa State.
Al-Makura pointed out that Awe, where the killer herdsmen were allegedly being camped, had become a sanctuary for displaced persons, mostly of Tiv extraction, from both states.