Lawmaker said he called for military reinforcement in his constituency.
A member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly representing Udege/loko constituency Mohammed Baba-Ibaku, PDP, has denied that he called for a military takeover in his constituency.
He said what he asked for was military reinforcement in his constituency to assist the police and other security agencies tackle incessant armed robbery.
Mr. Baba-Ibaku, who is the chairman of the Assembly’s committee on information, told journalists on Tuesday in Lafia that the report on him calling for a military take over as published in the state owned weekly newspaper on May 12 is false.
He said that as a democrat, he would not have made such statement, saying it was a figment of the reporter’s imagination.
“I only called for military reinforcement to assist the Police in curtailing the incessant armed robbery in my constituency when the matter of insecurity was being discussed at plenary”.
“What I said at plenary when the issues of the recurrent crises in the state was brought up is in respect of my constituency as the security challenge seems to have overwhelmed the police deployed to the area.
“My appeal was for the authorities to consider deploying military personnel to the area to curtail the crisis and not for the Military to take over government in the country as misinterpreted by the reporter”.
“I will never call for military to take-over the country having been a product of democracy myself for over six years”.
“The report was calculated to damage my reputation and incite my constituents, so I am calling on journalists to always verify their fact before going to press,” Mr. Baba-Ibaku said.