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Nasarawa, Benue adopt air surveillance to fight terrorism

The governments of Benue and Nasarawa states have resolved to adopt air surveillance strategy to curb the incessant attacks on border communities.

Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State announced the measure on Thursday when he visited Giza town, in the Keana Local Government Area of the state, which was attacked by gunmen on Tuesday.

Al-Makura described the mayhem in the border communities as alarming, adding that the perpetrators were criminals who took advantage of the long boundary stretch between the two states to perpetrate their criminal activities.

He said that the two state governments were working hard to address the situation, and promised that they would ensure that lasting peace was returned to the communities.

He said government would continue to do its best to guarantee the safety of lives and property of its citizens.

He said the recurrence of violent attacks could no longer be handled by the state governments alone, adding that Nasarawa and Benue governments had sought the intervention of the Federal Government.

“In no distant time there will be a lot of security presence in the area as part of intervention from the federal government,” he said.

Al-Makura, while condoling with the people of Giza, assured that adequate security had been put in place to forestall further attacks on them.

He said a detachment of mobile policemen would be permanently stationed in the town until normalcy was fully restored.

The governor, however, called on the people to be vigilant and to report any suspicious movement of unknown persons promptly to the security.

Earlier, the Sangarin Giza, Alhaji Umar Elegu, who received the governor, said the attackers stormed the village at about 6.00am on March 25, and shot sporadically.

Elegu said three villagers were killed during the attack, while several houses and farm produce in bans were set ablaze.

He called for more security presence in the area to avert a recurrence of the attack.

The governor donated relief materials, including food items, to the villagers, many of who had deserted their homes for fear of attacks.

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