“Going by recent security reports, Nasarawa State may not be safer than FCT Abuja. There have been reports of insurgents occupying forests at different locations in Abuja. There were melodramatic confusion and denials among security agencies. Interestingly, no one has been arrested yet in spite of banditry, kidnapping, and other criminal attacks on communities around Abuja”
Last Friday, the Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, visited President Muhummadu Buhari to brief the president on the alarming security development in the state. According to the governor, insurgents dislodged from Niger State have been regrouping in Nasarawa at Jitata Road which serves as an alternative route between Nasarawa State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. Insurgents have also started gathering at the state borders with Benue State.
The governor said that when he was quoted as saying that the group belongs to a sect known as Darussalam. During security operations, several of them were killed while 900 of them were arrested and have been handed over to the relevant authorities.
While fielding questions from State House correspondents, the governor said that “I have come to see the leader of our party and the leader of the nation and our father, Mr President, to brief him about the activities happening in the state, especially in the area of security.
“We have continued to have challenges with a team of Boko Haram who were settled at the border with the FCT. We thank the security forces that were able to dislodge them. Now, they have gone back and gathered at our border with Benue and they are causing a lot of havoc,” the governor said.
It is important to stress the fact that the security situation in the country is assuming a frightening dimension. Since the past few years, Nasarawa State, a border state wth the FCT, has gradually become a flashpoint of national security problems but sadly, this has not attracted the necessary federal attention it truly deserves.
Worse still, going by recent security reports, Nasarawa State may not be safer than FCT Abuja. There have been reports of insurgents occupying forests at different locations in Abuja. There were melodramatic confusion and denials among security agencies. Interestingly, no one has been arrested yet inspite of banditry, kidnapping and other criminal attacks on communities around Abuja.
Like several other concerned Nigerians, we are worried. What is most annoying in all of these is the presidency’s overt preponderance in self-defence and defence of certain suspected criminals.
The presidency has been pointedly accused of sleeping and slumbering and we agree with that position completely. For the umpteenth time, we challenge the presidency to wake up before the entire country go up in flames.
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