17 January 2018

Nigeria: APGA to Govt - Deploy Military to Nasarawa/Benue Border Towns

Lafia — The Nasarawa State chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has appealed to the federal government to deploy military personnel to the border towns of Nasarawa and Benue States.

State chairman of the APGA, Musa Saidu, made the appeal yesterday in Lafia when interacting with journalists, adding that "though there is no crisis in Nasarawa State, but the Tiv people from the border communities in Awe and Keana Local Government Areas of the state were sent out of their communities by suspected herdsmen.

"A situation where over 18, 000 people of the same tribe would be sent out of their communities then the communities taken over by gunmen should not be taken for granted," Saidu said.

The APGA chieftain said: "If practical steps are not taken, the Tiv people may decide to

protect themselves and provide security to their communities.

Government should not just go and make speeches at the headquaters of the council areas were the displaced persons are camped."

Saidu however advised the Tiv people in the state and other affected persons not to take the law into their hands but report any provocation to the appropriate authorities for prompt action.

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