Daily Trust (Abuja)

30 November 2012

Nigeria: Nasarawa Mayhem Victims Support Impeachment Moves Against Al-Makura

Lafia — Youths of Migili ethnic group whose headquarters, Agyaragu, was attacked by arsonists who killed 10 persons and burned down properties for 10 straight hours, have declared their support to moves by lawmakers at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly (NSHA) to impeach Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura whose government they accused of looking the other way while women and their children were massacred.

Arsonists, widely accused as members of Ombatse, a spiritual group of the Eggon ethnic group, unleashed mayhem on Agyaragu, at the outskirt of Lafia, last week, in an invasion that sent members of the state assembly in an emergency session where they sent impeachment threats to the governor for allegedly failing to act to either stop the crisis, or to prosecute the perpetrators. But the leadership of Ombatse denied, last Thursday, that their members carried out the attack.

However, the leadership of Migili Youth Association (MYA), today, accused members of Ombatse as the perpetrators, just as they slammed Al-Makura as a governor in whose time innocent women and their children as well as husbands, were massacred for 10 straight hours without a challenge.

Agidi Victor, National President of MYA, who briefed newsmen in Lafia, yesterday, said members align completely, with the position of the state lawmakers, that the governor exhibited complete incompetence to provide public order and public security as enshrined in the constitution, thereby, making himself fit for impeachment than to continue in office.

"Migili youths align 100 percent with our lawmakers on their position and impeachment option against the governor. We see no reason he should continue on the seat if security of lives and property is not guaranteed under his watch", Agidi Victor said, adding "we are dissatisfied with the government on their inability to provide security to protect lives and properties to our people since April, 2012 till date, and therefore, lost confidence on the state government ability to protect the weak."

Our reporter recalls, however that the governor had in a statewide broadcast, declared government's condemnation of the massacre, just as he had paid two visits to Agyaragu where he vowed that the perpetrators will not go unpunished.

The House Majority Leader, Godiya Akwashiki, had also declared that the governor began to comply with some of the resolutions the House passed, saying the impeachment optiuon may not., after all, be invoked.

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