BY VICTORIA IKEANO, Lafia
The Nasarawa State government has condemned in strong terms the recent killing of the niece and nephew of a former minister of information, Hon. Labaran Maku in Gudi, Nasarawa state by alleged kidnappers who are still holding the wife of his now deceased nephew hostage, demanding for a ransom of N10 million to release her. It described the incident as ‘’unacceptable”, promising to bring the perpetrators to justice while also assuring citizens of their safety.
Information, culture and tourism commissioner, Comrade Dogo Shammah revealed the government’s stance when this correspondent sought the Nasarawa State’s reaction to the ugly incident. He said, “This development is quite unfortunate. The continuous attacks and killing of innocent people are totally condemned and unacceptable. The government is doing all it can to track and bring all perpetrators of evil and banditry to book. As a committed government, we will at all times ensure the protection of our people”.
Asked what the government is doing to curb the tide of kidnapping and other forms of banditry in the state, the commissioner stated, “In order to bring to an end activities associated with criminality in Nasarawa state, government has been engaging traditional rulers and Fulani leaders, including security operatives for strategic purposes”.
Comrade Shammah called on the general public to be alert always and to report suspected and strange people in their communities to the appropriate authorities.
Recall that unknown gunmen reportedly stormed the residence of Labaran Maku’s elder brother, Alhaji Usman Sule Maku, shot at the older Maku’s daughter, Sa’adatu Usman Maku (a Pharmacy graduate awaiting NYSC call up) and whisking away her elder brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Salihu Usman Maku.
Salihu Maku’s corpse was later found in a nearby bush. At the time of his death, he was an Immigration Officer in the Nasarawa State Command.
Nasarawa State Police Command public relations officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ramhan Nansel was unavailable for comments when contacted on phone.