By Abel Daniel
LAFIA—Former Minister of Information and governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Nasarawa State, Mr. Labaran Maku, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently redeployed military personnel to the state over high rate of killings and criminality.
Maku, who was reacting to high rate of senseless killings in the state by suspected insurgents, stated this in an interview with newsmen at his Apo legislative residence, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, weekend.
He said the recent problems confronting Nasarawa State was no longer communal but insurgent, adding that Governor Tanko Al-Makura’s government had witnessed the largest number of death-toll in the state.
According to him, this is the reason the All Progressives Congress, APC, could not win in the presidential election.
He also disclosed that over 100 persons had allegedly been killed by insurgents at Keana, Kadarko, Karu and Obi areas of the state since the election.
Maku added that apart from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in the far north, there was no other state currently witnessing endless violence except Nasarawa in the North Central Nigeria.
“The recent dismantling of military personnel from checkpoints is worsening criminal activities in the state. I, on behalf of Nasarawa people, beg President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently redeploy soldiers back to some of the flash-points where they were stationed earlier to curtail the senseless killings of innocent farmers and citizens in Nasarawa State.
“When the military personnel were in charge of all checkpoints, we had minimal cases not until recently. The mercenaries are still in the bush and so many farmers cannot go to their farms for fear of attacks,” Maku said.
He also begged insurgents in the state to have mercy on the people and stop the killings.