Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has debunked an online publication alleging that his convoy assaulted a family on their way to Abuja.
The on line publication titled ‘Go to Hell! Governor Al Makura Tells Family on Highway as His Goons Beat Them to Pulp’ alleged that the governor’s convoy carried out the action around Nasarawa-Eggon town while the woman was driving to Abuja recently.
Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Ahmed Tukur in a statement made available to newsmen in Lafia yesterday, claimed that there was no iota of truth in the said publication, maintaining that it was a misrepresentation of facts calculated to tarnish the image of his boss by mischief makers.
The statement read in parts: “For the avoidance of doubt and to set the records straight, on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at about 3pm when the convoy of His Excellency was approaching Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area, a vehicle was right on the middle of the road and in spite 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 three to five minutes before the escort commander managed to halt her. She stopped abruptly on the road forcing the convoy to also stop and other road users 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 daughter of a Police Commissioner and has the right to drive the way she wants.
“Noticing her unruly behaviour, 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.”

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