The Governor of Nasarawa state, Tanko Al Makura, has shrugged off the allegation that his aides physically molested and intimidated siblings – Lois Iorvihi and Joi Iorvighi, on a highway, adding that the story was a misrepresentation of facts, calculated to tarnish his image.
According to a statement released on Sunday by his Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Ahmed Tukur, the governor said there is no element of truth in the publication.
Read the governor’s full statement below;
The Attention of Governor Umaru Tanko Al – Makura of Nasarawa State has been drawn to an online publication Title “Go To Hell!” Governor Al Makura Tells Family On Highway As His Goons Beat them To Pulp” alleging that his convoy assaulted a family on their way to Abuja.
There is no iota of truth in that publication but the misrepresentation of facts calculated to tarnish the image of his Excellency by mischief makers.
For the avoidance of doubt and to set the records straight, on Thursday 10, September 2015 about 3.pm when the convoy of His Excellency was approaching Nasarawa Eggon Local Government a vehicle was right on the middle of the road and inspite of several efforts by the police outrider and the pilot to slow the car down, the vehicle remained right in the centre of the road refusing to make way for the convoy which nearly caused an accident.
The action of the vehicle gave room for suspicion considering the fact that it was at the same area in 2003 that the convoy of former governor of Benue state George Akume now a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was attacked.
A close look at the vehicle, the Escort commander noticed a women driving with a minor in the front seat and directed the convoy to track her with caution not to push her car by the shoulder.
This took up to 3-5 minutes before the Escort commander managed to halt her. She stopped abruptly on the road forcing the convoy to also stop and other road user causing heavy traffic along the high way.
As She came out, she began to rain abuses on the Police boasting that she is a lawyer and a daughter of a police Commissioner and has the right to drive the way she wants.
Noticing her unruly behavior, the Governor directed the Escort commander to invite the Police from the nearest police station to handle the matter to avoid further congestion and obstruction of traffic on the Highway while the convoy continued on its journey to Abuja.
It is the height of mischief and irresponsibility for anybody to insinuate that Governor Almakura made disparaging comments on the woman in question.
Any body that knows Al – Makura will attest to the fact that, it is not in his character to use derogatory words on people let alone a woman, the fact remains that the governor did not engaged in any exchange of words with the woman.
We called on the press and the general public to disregard the misleading and wicked insinuation aimed at portraying the governor in bad light.
It would be recalled, Sunday Akoji, had shared the story on his Facebook page, stating that Lois and Joi, were manhandled and oppressed for driving in front of Al Makura’s convoy.