by Segun Odeleye
The Nasarawa governor, Tanko Al-Makura, believes that there is a plot to assassinate him and his elder brother, Ahmadu, who is the Emir of Kwandere.
On Friday evening, there was an alleged assassination attempt on his brother by gunmen at the Emir’s home in Lafia. The governor said that that was not the only time it had happened as there have been several of such attempts on him and his brother in the last one year.
“I don’t want to sound as an alarmist on issues that are either personal or not requiring state attention, but in the past one year only God knows the amount of incursion and attempt on our lives and people of the state,” he said.
Considering that he is governor of the state, Gov. Al-makura said that every time an attempt on his own life fails, his brother, the Emir, becomes the next target. He alleged that those behind the Friday attempt on his elder brother were not armed robbers but rather assassins with a mission to eliminate the Emir.
“They couldn’t have been armed robbers because they didn’t ask anybody anything. They did not even enter the house because he was in the mosque. All they were asking was, “Where is Sarkin?” Only God saved him as they couldn’t see him but he was watching them. Nobody was killed so it was an assassination attempt and we will not leave any stone unturned. We will ensure a full investigation,” he said.
The governor urged the federal government to “step up efforts with regards to issues relating to security especially in areas where there are security challenges.”
Also, the Nasarawa governor pointed out that up till now, nothing has been done to apprehend those behind the killing of over 50 security operatives in Alakyo village, Lafia.
“The state is still in confusion because even with the perpetuation of criminality by the militants at Alakyo, nothing seems to be happening (to stem it),” he said.