Yesterday, governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State disclosed that in connection with the fresh outbreak of violence in some parts of the state no fewer than 50 persons have so far been arrested and are undergoing various forms of interrogations after which they will be charged to court to face the law.
Similarly, the governor has revealed his administration’s plan to convene a special peace and security summit as soon as possible that would bring all major stakeholders in the state together to brainstorm on peace and security. He also revealed that the whitepaper on the Assakio crisis will be made public soon.
The governor, who made this known Monday, shortly after an emergency security meeting, said investigations are on-going to make more arrests as he warned against any act of lawlessness that could jeopardise the peaceful coexistence of the citizens.
Al-makura wondered why the people who have been staying peacefully with one another from time immemorial would now take arms against themselves because of an issue which could be amicably resolved without intervention of anybody. He pointed out that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure the protection of lives and properties of the affected areas.
The governor, commending the efforts of the security operatives, especially the military personnel, for the arrests made so far, said his administration would not seat and watch disgruntled elements destroy the peace that the state is well known for.
Al-Makura specifically disclosed that additional logistics were made for the security to enable them perform their duties effectively. He thanked the federal government, all security agencies in the state, traditional rulers and other stakeholders for their cooperation and support in ensuring that peace was restored in the state.
In attendance at the meeting were the state Deputy Governor, Dameshi Barau Luka, the Secretary to the State Government, the state commissioner of police, the Emir of Lafia and other security chiefs in the state.