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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Al-Makura reacts as IDPs stone him in Obi


Nasarawa Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura was, yesterday, pelted with stones in Agwatashi, Obi Local Government Area of the state, by angry Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The IDPs were recently rendered homeless by herdsmen attacks, which led to the death of about 78 persons.

The governor was booed by aggrieved IDPs at Agwatashi, while on an on-the-spot assessment visit to some of the IDPs camps and other affected villages in Obi Local Government and to condole with the people over the recent herdsmen attacks.

Saga Gist gathered that the IDPs, on sighting Al-Makura began to jeer him and pelted stones on him and his entourage.

The situation was brought under control by the security men and some elders in the camp.

Reacting, Al-Makura attributed the situation to frustration as a result of the challenges the IDPs were facing.

“The reaction from the people is understandable given their plight and we have to use diplomacy to address the issues. Continuing to address them at the moment would not yield any result, so, we have decided to avoid further altercation.

“However, this action appears to indicate that the problems in some of these communities are self-inflicted. If people can conduct themselves in this way, then, you know there is more to it than what is happening,” Al-Makura said.

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