From Abel Leonard, Lafia

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, yesterday, summoned an emergency security council meeting, in response to the surge in kidnappings and ethnic militia activities within the state.

Expressing deep concern over the escalation of security challenges, Governor Sule highlighted areas such as Keffi, Doma, Lafia, Awe, Obi, Keana, Karu, and Nasarawa Local Government Areas as hot spots.

On the rise in ethnic militia activities, especially by the Bassa militia group, the governor revealed plans to ban all single ethnic group vigilance organisations in the state, including the Fulani Vigilance Group established in 2009. He emphasised the need for a unified approach to security and expressed intentions to integrate members of such groups into existing community vigilance setups.

Acknowledging recent discussions with President  Bola Tinubu and security chiefs in Abuja, governor Sule underscored the urgency of the situation. He outlined measures to be discussed during the meeting, including the proposed ban on single ethnic group vigilantes and strategies to restore peace and stability in affected areas.

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“We will give them a period of roughly one to two weeks to return their uniforms to us, so that we can ensure they are disbanded,” Governor Sule stated, stressing the need for compliance with government policies and fostering peace among communities.

Expressing gratitude to his deputy, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, for overseeing affairs during his absence for the Lesser Hajj pilgrimage, governor Sule commended the support of traditional rulers and security agencies. He, particularly, lauded the efforts of security personnel in mitigating security challenges and preventing further escalation.

The governor also addressed recent conflicts between farmers and herders, citing the Eggon and Tiv communities in Kadarko, where five people were killed. He pledged to address such conflicts during the meeting and sought viable solutions to foster harmony among diverse ethnic groups.

Nasarawa State is grappling with security threats. The emergency security council meeting underscores the government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its citizens. With a focus on collaboration and decisive action, governor Sule aims to address the root causes of insecurity and restore peace across the state.


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