Al Makura denies assault on lady, relatives by escorts



Maku sues for calm ahead tribunal judgment 

NASARAWA State Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura yesterday described reports suggesting he ordered his security escorts to assault a family in Nasarawa Eggon, along Lafia-Abuja highway for obstructing his convoy, as a “desperate attempt by mischief-makers to tarnish his image,” stressing that there was no iota of truth in the report.

A statement issued on Sunday in Lafia by his media aide Ahmed Tukur urged Nigerians to disregard the “fabricated propaganda” against him. Meanwhile, ahead of the tribunal judgment in the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in the state, Mr. Labaran Maku, challenging the election of the governor, Maku has pleaded with his supporters in the state to remain calm and law abiding, saying “the will of God will soon prevail.”

The tribunal chairman, Justice Halima Mohammed on September 9, reserved judgment on the petition sine die due to the sensitive nature of the case and the tension generated in the state. Maku, who spoke over the weekend in Lafia, expressed optimism that the mandate given to him by the people would be restored at the end of the day, maintaining he had satisfactorily proved his case.

According to the report in an online medium, police officers in the governor’s convoy brutalized one Lois Iorvihi, her relatives and damaged their property in the governor’s presence.

In their own account of the incident, Tukur, explained that when the convoy of His Excellency was approaching Nasarawa Eggon Local Government a vehicle was right on the middle of the road and in spite of several efforts by the police outrider and the pilot to slow the car down, the vehicle remained right in the centre of the road refusing to make way for the convoy which nearly caused an accident.

He said the action of the vehicle, which raised suspicion, took the governor’s escorts about five (5) minutes to stop the vehicle, which was being driven by a lady with other two persons on board.

Tukur said immediately the lady came out of the car, “she began to rain abuses on the Police boasting that she is a lawyer and a daughter of a police Commissioner and has the right to drive the way she wants.”

Noticing her unruly behavior, the governor directed the escort commander to invite the Police from the nearest police station to handle the matter to avoid further congestion and obstruction of traffic on the highway while the convoy continued on its journey to Abuja.

Maku maintained that he won election in eight out of the 13 councils of the state, for which evidence were tendered before the tribunal. While expressing gratitude to his supporters, Maku said, he was humbled with the overwhelming and selfless support and encouragement that the people gave him in the cause of the proceedings. “Let us continue to pray as we have been doing, God’s will shall surely be done.”

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