Protests in Nasarawa, as Al-Makura moves to avert impeachment

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By Abel Daniel

LAFIA— There were pockets of demonstrations in some parts of Nasarawa State yesterday, following the notice of impeachment served on Governor Umaru Al Makura, Monday, by the state House Assembly.

Some youths demonstrated at the Orange Market at Mararaba, Keffi, Akwanga and other parts of Lafia yesterday, protesting what they described as alleged attempt by members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to remove Al Makura from office for selfish reasons.

Vanguard gathered that some of the protesters, who chanted war songs, were shouting ‘Don’t sack Al Makura,’‘Bring back Al-makura,’ among other unprintable things against the perceived sponsors of the impeachment move.

However, some political stakeholders described the crowd of protesters as rented.

Some leaders who spoke on the condition of anonymity said: “They are known political thugs who are being used by political contractors. It is all noise.

“The governor has not even received the letter of impeachment and they are calling for his reinstatement.”

Meanwhile, hundreds of anti riot policemen and other security operatives have been deployed to strategic positions to maintain peace in the state.
Police spokesperson in the state, ASP Numan Ismaila confirmed that the protests had been brought under control by security agents who were patrolling the state.

Meanwhile, Governor Al-Makura has travelled to Abuja in a bid to seek President Goodluck Jonathan’s inter-vention over his impeachment saga, just as members of the state House of  Assembly had vowed to pursue the impeachment process to its logical conclusion.

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