Why Jonathan aborted trip to Nasarawa

There were indications on Tuesday that President Goodluck Jonathan did not visit Nasarawa State as publicised because he was unhappy with the manner the state Governor, Umaru al-Makura, has been handling security matters in the state.

Though it was said the President canceled the trip at the 11th hour, there may have been security reports advising him not to embark on the trip.

It would be recalled that in 2011, youths in Lafia, the state capital, pelted the entourage of Jonathan who was in the town to campaign ahead of the Presidential election.

That was when the President visited Nasarawa State last.

It may not have been a coincidence also that Vice President Namadi Sambo, who stood in for Jonathan, did not mention the issue of the policemen that were recently slain in the state.

Sources told Daily Independent that the Presidency is still angry with the Nasarawa State Government over the issues that gave rise to the killing of the policemen.

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There are also indications that al-Makura who has been advised to sit up had wanted to use the visit of the President as a publicity stunt to woo back investors.

The incessant violent crises in the state had reduced investors’ confidence and may have scared some of them away from the state.

Daily Independent learnt that the visit was planned to restore the confidence of would-be investors in the state.

Meanwhile, Nasarawa State Police Command on Tuesday arrested two men for allegedly hijacking N2 million released by the state government and the Inspector General (IG) of Police to widows of officers that were murdered at Alakio village in the Lafia local government area of the state by Ombatse militia earlier this year.

State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, who stated this in Lafia while briefing journalists at the police headquarters, Lafia, said two brothers of one of the deceased officers from Plateau State shortchanged the widow of slain officer and his two daughters, giving them a paltry N20,000.

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According to the police boss, the widow lodged a complaint before the command that she was subjected to all manner of humiliation and ejected from the family house with her children.

Shehu stated that the alleged ill-treatment provoked the police to invite the brothers, then detained and queried them over the allegations.

He explained that the accused persons confessed to have collected the money but allegedly spent N700,000 on the funeral rites of the deceased.

He further explained that he had to invite their pastor to intervene, leading to the refund of N1.3 million, which the pastor suggested should be given to the widow and her children to train them.

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