The governors say murderers must not be allowed go scot free.
A delegation of four governors from the Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF, visited Lafia, Nasarawa State, where they donated N100 million to the families of the policemen allegedly killed in Alakyo Village, Lafia by the Ombaste militia on May 7.
The delegation, led by the Forum’s chairman and Niger State Governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu, explained that the donation was made to enable the bereaved families take care of themselves in the absence of their normative breadwinners. It also disclosed that the forum was in support of the decision by the Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Al-Makura, to set up a judicial commission of inquiry.
Mr. Aliyu, who was accompanied by the Governors of Kaduna and Jigawa State, Mukhtar Yero and Sule Lamido, and the Deputy Governor of Katsina State, Sirajo Damari, noted that the state governor had the power to proscribe an organisation if it was found that their activities threatened the security of the people of the state. He added that people should desist from using the guise of freedom of speech to perpetuate crime in the society.
With regard to the slain policemen, Mr. Aliyu urged government to device a way of encouraging and rewarding hard work so that people will be encouraged to take up jobs in security agencies and government itself will be appreciated.
Also at the occasion, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Martins Elechi, donated one thousand bags of rice to the families of the slain policemen. Mr. Elechi sympathised with the families of the slain officers and urged them to see the little gift from his state as a consolation for losing their loved ones.
Mr. Elechi also used the opportunity to reward, with a 4-bedroom flat, David Ishaya, a police corporal and indigene of Nasarawa State, who killed eight armed robbers while serving in Ebonyi State in 2009. The robbers had been killed while robbing a commercial bank in Abakaliki.
Governor Al-Makura, in his remarks, thanked his colleagues for the gesture saying that it will go a long way in assisting the families and the rewarded police officer.