NASME COMMANDANT APOLOGIZES FOR SOLDIERS’ ATTACK ON NORTH BANK COMMUNITY
Commandant of the Nigeria Army School of Military Engineering, NASME, in Makurdi, Major General Bamidele Ogunkale, today apologized to Governor Samuel Ortom, for soldiers’ attack on a community in North Bank last Saturday.
He made the apology when he paid a visit to the Governor at the Peoples House.
General Ogunkale disclosed that he has instituted a commission of inquiry headed by his deputy to investigate the circumstances that led to the incidence and assured that perpetrators shall be brought to book.
He maintained that the army would collaborate with other security agencies to take an overall view of cult and other criminal activities in North Bank with the objective of curbing such conduct.
The commandant also announced the cancellation of plans to relocate the Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies, NAITES, and urged the people of the state to patronize the institution which he said has a steady academic program.
He appealed to the state government to provide logistics to the school to enable it resume pumping of water to the neighboring community, repair a damaged culvert on North Bank-Yogbo road as well as resume security patrol on water ways.
In his response, Governor Ortom assured those affected that the state government was compiling a comprehensive report at President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for forwarding to him for further necessary action.
He advised the military to always operate within the ambit of the law adding however that two wrongs do not make a right.
Governor Ortom expressed satisfaction with the commandant’s peace building efforts and appealed for collaboration to sustain existing peaceful coexistence between communities and military formations in the state.
He assured that even though things were tight financially he would provide the assistance which the commandant requested.
The Governor also declared open a one-day sensitization workshop on the Ecowas Trade Liberalization Scheme.
He received the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Ajjampur Rangaiah Ghanashyam who led seven Indian businessmen that made proposals in water, housing, agriculture, and health care sectors.
The High Commissioner invited Governor Ortom to a meeting with 250 Indian businessmen holding in Lagos towards the end of the month and received the promise that if he cannot make it personally he will send his deputy.
Governor Ortom hosted a delegation from the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, led by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Emmanuel Kucha and Ophthalmologists Association led by Dr. Nanbam Bupwatda.
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