Former Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to redeploy troops to Nasarawa state to curtail the increased rate of killings and violence.
Maku, who is also governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) in the state, made this call in an interview with journalists at his legislative residence at Apo in Abuja.
He stated that the security challenge of Nasarawa was no longer communal but insurgent. He alleged that Governor Tanko Al-Makura’s administration had witnessed the highest number of deaths in the state.
Maku said that apart from the North-eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, Nasarawa was the only North-central state witnessing an endless spate of violence.
He said that the state had seen an increase in violence since Buhari ordered that military personnel be dismantled from all checkpoints across Nigeria and appealed to Buhari to urgently redeploy soldiers to the state .
He said, “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”.
Maku revealed that over 100 people had been killed in Keana, Kadarko, Karu and Obi areas of the state by insurgents since the elections.
He said, “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 also appealed to the insurgents to embrace peace and shun violence.