Gov. Tanko Al-Makura and other stakeholders in Nasarawa State have denied the allegation by Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue that Nasarawa State is habouring killer herdsmen in Tunga, Awe local Government Area.
Al-Makura, while making a presentation at a stakeholders’ meeting convened by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris in. Lafia, described the allegation as “grievous, unacceptable and terribly speculative”.
He said the Benue governor’s accusation that Nasarawa State had camped killer herdsmen to attack his state was a stigma and an aspersion on the state,
He said he had never received any security reports from the state either from security officer or his administrative detail of the existence of such killer herdsmen camping in Nasarawa State.
Al-Makura pointed out that in Awe, where the killer herdsmen were allegedly being camped, had become a sanctuary for displaced persons, mostly of Tiv extraction, from both states.
Similarly, the Emir of Tunga, Alhaji Bala Galadima, expressed worry over the allegation,
He said there was no such camp in Tunga as the people in the area had a security apparatus in place to detect strangers among them.