A sum of N100 million was donated by the four Northern States' Governors Forum (NSGF) governors as they paid a visit to the families of the policemen allegedly murdered by the Ombatse militia on May 7 in Alakyo Village, Lafia, Nasarawa State.
Mukhtar Yero (Kaduna state Governor), Sule Lamido (Jigawa state governor), Sirajo Damari (Deputy Governor of Katsina State) joined Muazu Babangida Aliyu, Governor of Niger state and NSGF chairman, for this trip to the village. The states' heads disclosed that the money contribution is intended to enable the families -- who had just lost their breadwinners -- to provide for themselves.
According to the Governors, the Forum supports Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Al-Makura's decision to establish a judicial commission of inquiry. Mr. Aliyu particularly stressed that the state governor has the power to proscribe an organisation should the need arise to ensure the security of local people. He also warned people from "using the guise of freedom of speech to perpetuate crime in the society".
Adressing the issue of the killed policemen, Mr. Aliyu asked the government to "encourage and reward" working hard to give the people stimuli to choose jobs in security agencies and the government itself.
Martins Elechi, Ebonyi state Governor, took this opportunity to donate a thousand bags of rice to the slain policemen's families. He commiserated with the family members and asked them to accept the little gift from his state as a "consolation for losing their loved ones."
The Governor also rewarded David Ishaya, a police corporal hailing from Nasarawa State, who killed eight armed robbers while serving in Ebonyi State in 2009, with a 4-bedroom flat.
In conclusion, Governor Al-Makura thanked his counterparts for their gestures, expressing hope that it will greatly assist the families and the rewarded police officer.