Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State and his counterpart in Benue, Gabriel Suswan, on Thursday briefed the Presidency on the security challenges in their different states.
While Al-Makura briefed Vice-President Namadi Sambo on the killing of over 20 policemen by members of a cult group in Alakyo Village, about 10 kilometres from Lafia, the state capital, on Wednesday,the Bayelas state governor also filed a report on the clashes between Fulani cattle rearers and farmers with a casualty figure which he described as “high and including women and children.”
Shortly after a private meeting with the Vice-President, Al-Makura told State House correspondents that his mission in Abuja was to report the activities of the Ombatse Militia to the Federal Government.
Al-Makura said he had convened an emergency security meeting over the activities of the group where it was decided that security operatives should raid their shrine and arrest members but that the suspected cultists waited in ambush for policemen in the shrine on Wednesday and murdered 20 of them. He said members of the group usually moved from one place to another, including mosques and churches, to attack helpless citizens.
He said because of the magnitude of the incident, he decided to come to Abuja to report it to the Federal Government and seek assistance.
The governor stated, “I am here to meet with His Excellency, the Vice-President to brief him on the security situation in my state. Just yesterday (Wednesday), we had a very bitter security problem that has caused the death of some security officers in the state.
“Two weeks ago, we discovered a certain militia group holding arms and carrying out cult activities in the state. Since January, this thing has not abated and in the past two weeks, it took a total different dimension.
“This escalated and is causing serious concern for the state. We decided to hold a security meeting to find a way of solving the problem. The solution was to go to the shrine and pick on the cult leader so that the problem will be solved once and for all.