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Nasarawa killings: Maku, Ewuga, others shun peace meeting

By Abel Daniel

Lafia—A peace meeting called by Governor Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State to find an end to the protracted crisis which has led to the killing of hundreds of people, including 103 security men recently, flopped yesterday as major stakeholders from Eggon clan boycotted the parley.

The summit was supposed to feature major stakeholders like the former Governor Aliyu Akwe Doma; Minister of Information, Labaran Maku; Senator Solomon Ewuga, and former Deputy Governor, Mike Abdul, but they were conspicuously absent.

However, among the few present were another former governor, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and former Minister of Labour, Dr. Hassan Lawal.

About 93 policemen and 10 personnel of the Department of State Service, DSS, were allegedly killed by Ombatse cult members about two months ago, following the protracted dispute in the state.

Declaring the summit open, Al-Makura highlighted his achievements so far, especially in the area of infrastructure.

He said: “When I came in 2011, we faced some insurmountable challenges of decay and lack of infrastructure all over the state. We had to tackle it head long, but a new phenomenon sprang up, causing ethnic crisis and emergence of ethnic militia which later in 2012, gave birth to Ombatse group which go about terrorising the people of the state everywhere”

The communiqué of the summit read read in part:  “Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State held a meeting with selected stakeholders of the state in Lafia, the state capital to discuss the prevailing security situation in the state.

“Stakeholders at the meeting considered the various security challenges confronting the state and the negative implications for its image.

“The meeting expressed displeasure at the absence of  former governor, Aliyu Akwe Doma,  Senator Solomon Ewuga and Information Minister, Labaran Maku, at this crucial meeting. That all reports of the high-powered commissions of inquiry into previous communal crises, particularly, those on Assakio and Agyaragu should be implemented and those indicted, prosecuted without further delay.

’’The meeting unanimously condemned the recent gruesome murder of scores of security operatives at Alakyo village in Lafia East Development Area of the state by the Ombatse Eggon ethnic cult.

“In the light of the above, effort should be intensified to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of the heinous act.  Accordingly, the meeting called on all Eggon elites to bring to an end the criminal activities of the outlawed Ombatse cult and help fish out the culprits for prosecution.


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