By Rabiu Doma
His Excellency, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, Governor of Nasarawa State held a meeting with selected stakeholders of the State in Lafia, the State Capital today, Monday, 17th June, 2013 to discuss the prevailing security situation in the State.
The meeting was aimed at proffering solutions to the myriad security problems facing the State to pave way for the desired socio-economic development and peaceful co-existence of the various people living in the State.
Stakeholders at the meeting considered the various security challenges confronting the State and the negative implications for the image of the State. The meeting therefore, resolved as follows:
Stakeholders expressed displeasure at the absence of Their Excellencies, Aliyu Akwe Doma, former Governor; Senator Solomon Ewuga and Hon. Labaran Maku, Minister of Information 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 above, effort should be intensified to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of the heinous act;
The meeting noted that even though not all Eggon people are members of Ombatse, but it is established that all Ombatse members are of Eggon ethnic origin.
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;
The meeting endorsed the decision of the state Government to constitute a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to look into the recent wanton killings of security operatives and other innocent citizens at Alakyo;
The meeting condoled President Goodluck Jonathan, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General, State Security Service and the families of the deceased security personnel, and prayed God to grant the souls of the departed eternal rest.