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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Al-Makura Vows to Tackle Security Challenges, Bans 'Okada'


Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Almakura
Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Almakura, on Saturday in a state wide broadcast vowed to tackle the security challenges bedevilling the state head on even as he regulated the operations of commercial motorcyclists called 'Okada'.

Almakura disclosed that in the course of his visitation, he came face-to-face with the unprecedented devastation, pain and agony brought upon the people of Assakio again barely a year after a similar attack on the same community by the same group.

"I have also seen the evil perpetrated against the defenceless people of Odobu village and Obi town. Indeed, I have seen the palpable sorrow on the faces of displaced persons who have lost everything and have taken temporary refuge in Namu, Lafia, Keana, Agwatashi and elsewhere," he said.

“Most disheartening, however, is the observation that the extent of mayhem unleashed on the people of the affected communities, as well as other innocent citizens visiting Nasarawa State from other parts of the country is, by far the worst demonstration of barbarism ever witnessed in our history as a state."

Similarly, Almakura stressed that his government is constrained to take certain drastic measures, not because it wants to punish the people, but it intends to prevent a re-occurrence of violence in the entire state.

"Consequently, government has decided to ban the movement of motorcycles between 7:00pm and 6:00am in Awe, Doma, Keana, Lafia, Obi, Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Areas of the State. Security operatives have been directed to deal with anyone found violating this prohibition" he said.

To the people of the state he added: "Government will not rest on its oars until the perpetrators of the dastardly act are made to face the full wrath of the law".

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