Insecurity: Barr. Galadima advises FG to review border security, urges Nasarawa govt to be proactive.
….Tasks Gov Sule to disregard the call by the Aguma of Bassa for a boundary adjustment in Toto LGA.
IDRIS AHMED, Lokoja.
A legal practitioner, Barrister Yakubu Galadima, has advised the Federal Government to either close or tighten security at the porous northern Nigerian borders to stem the tide of insecurity across the country.
There have been speculations that most of the bandits found their way into the country through the porous northern Nigerian borders courtesy of the so-called Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) treaty that allows free movement of persons from the region.
Barr. Galadima who gave the advised on Friday in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, in an interview with Journalists, suggested that the Federal and State governments should be proactive on security matters to forestall any breach.
Barr. Galadima, who was reacting to the recent attack on Katakpa community in the Toto Local Government area of Nasarawa State, alleged that the Press conference organised by the Aguma of Bassa in Nasarawa State, Dr David Wodi Tukura, led to the killings and destruction of properties carried out by the Bassa Kwomu gunmen.Why I won’t join issues with those trying to link me with Fulani vigilante — Governor Sule
The Lawyer noted that the Bassa Kwomu traditional ruler is poised on perpetual instability in Toto Local Government area so that he can continue to reign over a non-existent Chiefdom, which was created to satisfy the whims and caprices of the Bassa Kwomu extraction that lacks any territorial sphere.
He also advised the Nasarawa State Governor to disregard the call by the Aguma of Bassa for a boundary adjustment in Toto LGA because Bassa Kwomu residents have no claim to a particular area that they claim to have founded either historically or developmental.
“It sounds crude that in this 21st century, some people are realizing that the nomenclature of the settlements in Toto LGA should be changed to favour their reasonings.Toto LGC Chairman, Tashas charges newly turbaned Shege Village head to be father of all
“Does it not sound crude for a settler to change the name of an area he met without the consent of the original inhabitants? What manner of relationship between landlords and visitors is that? It is crude”, the lawyer stated.
“What the government did for them is quite logical given their population in the local government by appointing a Bassa Kwomu Chief, known as the Aguma of Bassa Kwomu.
“For the Bassas claiming ownership of the ancient settlements predating their arrivals from areas they were chased from is synonymous to medieval and conquest, which is retrogressive in this modern time,” Galadima said.Gov Sule fumes over Bassa Kwomu gunmen attack on Toto community.
He however advised the Egbira people in Toto Local Government area to continue to be peaceful despite provocations and respect constituted authorities.