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Benue killings: Ortom threatens to drag Akume before traditional council

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Monday threatened to report Senator George Akume to the Supreme Assembly of the Tiv Area Traditional Council over accusations that the state government is behind killings in the state.


Ortom stated this at Tyulen in Guma Local Government Area of the state at the funeral of Mama Roseline Adzuu, mother of lawmaker representing Guma in the State Assembly, Mr. Terseer Adzuu and the Governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Administration, Frank Adzuu.


In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, said that the governor noted that since the senator had chosen to tell President Muhammadu Buhari that militia herdsmen were not behind the massacre of Benue people, it implies that he has adequate knowledge about the killings and should explain to the traditional council in detail.


The governor described as shocking and unfortunate, Senator Akume’s utterances which were clearly in favour of enemies of the state.


He wondered why a man who is expected to provide leadership to the younger generation had chosen to take sides with those who vowed to deprive his people of their ancestral lands.


He reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to the implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law which had been adjusted as the best solution for frequent crisis arising from animal husbandry.


Ortom, while consoling the deceased family, stated that their mother, mama Roseline Adzuu, lived a fulfilled life and died in Christ.


Former Governor of Benue State, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, also consoled the family and prayed God to grant their mother eternal rest.



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