Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Benue

    Tsav accuses Ortom of nepotism, executive recklessness

Tsav accuses Ortom of nepotism, executive recklessness

Abubakar Tsav, federal public complaints commissioner of the federation overseeing Benue state has accused Samuel Ortom, the governor, of nepotism and executive recklessness.In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari dated May 16, he alleged that the governor has placed his “family business” – Oracle Business Limited – above the state.According to NAN, the ten-page letter, titled 'Whistleblowing: Stagnation of Benue [...]

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    Obasanjo backs Ortom for second term

Obasanjo backs Ortom for second term

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday endorsed Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, for a second term in office.Speaking after commissioning the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Makurdi, Obasanjo said he was impressed with the governor's feats in the state.He commended Ortom on the renovation of the school "which lost official recognition for the past three years but with [...]

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    Benue to convert junior secondary schools to vocational institutions

Benue to convert junior secondary schools to vocational institutions

The Benue state government says it will convert some junior secondary schools to vocational institutions to enhance skills acquisition among youths.Philip Tachin, executive chairman, Benue universal basic education board, who announced this on Thursday in Makurdi, said that the conversion would take off by the next academic session. [...]

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    Benue ‘employs 4,150 cooks’ for school feeding programme

Benue ‘employs 4,150 cooks’ for school feeding programme

The Benue state government says it has recruited 4,150 cooks for the schools’ feeding programme of the federal government.Terhide Utaan, focal person in charge of the social investment office in Benue, made the disclosure on Wednesday at a news conference in Makurdi.“All items needed for the smooth take off of the programme are in place," Utaan said.“The federal government is [...]

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    Benue begins translation of science textbooks to Tiv language

Benue begins translation of science textbooks to Tiv language

The Benue State Universal Basic Education Board has started translating science textbooks into Tiv dialect for easy learning and sustenance of indigenous languages.Philip Tachin, the executive chairman of the board, made this known on Wednesday while declaring open a two-week teacher professional development workshop. [...]

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    Ortom decrees five-year jail term for cattle rearers

Ortom decrees five-year jail term for cattle rearers

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, on Monday signed into law the anti-open grazing and anti- kidnapping, abduction, cultism and terrorism bills.At the ceremony in Makurdi, Ortom said the anti-grazing law would put to an end to incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers.The governor lamented the killings and destruction of property in clashes involving farmers and herdsmen over the years, [...]

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    Benue gov: I have declared state of emergency on payment of salaries

Benue gov: I have declared state of emergency on payment of salaries

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, says he has declared a state of emergency on payment of salaries.Speaking with state house correspondents after meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, Ortom expressed regrets that workers were owed.He said efforts were in place to eliminate ghost workers."I set up a committee recently and they verified about one-quarter of the workforce [...]

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    Benue gov: You have evidence of corruption against my govt? Please blow whistle

Benue gov: You have evidence of corruption against my govt? Please blow whistle

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, has challenged residents of the state not to hesitate to blow the whistle if they have any case of corruption against him or any of his appointees.Ortom, who urged the people to feel free to offer their counsel and criticism, said his duty as governor was to execute God’s will.He spoke at a children dedication [...]

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    8 feared dead as ‘herdsmen’ attack Benue villages

8 feared dead as ‘herdsmen’ attack Benue villages

Eight persons were feared dead following an attack by suspected herdsmen, on two villages in Logo local government area of Benue state, a police statement said.Moses Yamu, spokesperson of the police command in Benue, confirmed the attacks in a statement on Monday in Makurdi.Yamu said the attacks on Akaa and Tse-Orlalu villages in Mbamar, Ugondo communities, were perpetrated by suspected [...]

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    12 Benue LGs under siege by Fulani herdsmen, says Ortom

12 Benue LGs under siege by Fulani herdsmen, says Ortom

Samuel Ortom, Benue governor, says that Fulani herdsmen have laid siege to 12 local government areas of the state.A statement issued on Friday by Adebayo Oladeji, special assistant on media and communications to the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, quoted Ortom as making the statement while receiving a delegation of CAN, led by Samson Ayokunle.The governor also noted that [...]

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    UNIBEN student drowns in River Benue

UNIBEN student drowns in River Benue

A yet to be identified University of Benin student has drowned in River Benue, on the closing day of Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA) hosted in Makurdi, capital of Benue state.Omeche Onoja, chairman, NUGA games medical and sanitation sub-committee confirmed the incident.The name of the student was not disclosed.Onoja said the student had gone to the river to swim when [...]

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    Notorious fugitive ‘Ghana’ declared wanted over Zaki Biam killings

Notorious fugitive ‘Ghana’ declared wanted over Zaki Biam killings

The Nigerian Police Force on Friday declared wanted Terwase Akwaza, a fugitive already on the watchlist of Benue state government, in connection with last month’s killings in Zaki Biam.The police, while parading 19 suspects arrested with the killing of 17 people in the Benue state town, said they recovered a lot of arms from a secret underground armoury of Akwaza, [...]

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    Again ‘herdsmen’ strike in Benue, kill two farmers

Again ‘herdsmen’ strike in Benue, kill two farmers

Two persons were killed in attacks on two villages in Kwande local government area of Benue state, on Sunday.The attackers are believed to be herdsmen who have wreaked havoc on different communities in the state.Two weeks ago, a village in Ukum local government area was attacked.Moses Yamu, police public relations officer in the state, confirmed the latest attacks to NAN.Yamu said [...]

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    Three burnt to death as Benue boils again

Three burnt to death as Benue boils again

Suspected arsonists burnt three people alive in Tse-Achia, a village near Kasar in the outskirts of Zaki Biam, Ukum local government area of Benue state, on Friday.The police confirmed the incident, saying the attackers razed some buildings in the village.Moses Yanmu, police public relations officer in the state, said the arsonists carried out the attack in the early hours of the [...]

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    IGP deploys special tactical force to Zaki Biam

IGP deploys special tactical force to Zaki Biam

Inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed a special tactical force to restore order in Zaki Biam, Benue state.Scores of people were reportedly killed by unidentified gunmen and many were also injured on Monday.Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement on Tuesday said that the special tactical force comprised police mobile force (PMF), counter-terrorism units, conventional policemen and special anti-robbery [...]

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    After fresh killings, Ortom orders herdsmen out of Benue community

After fresh killings, Ortom orders herdsmen out of Benue community

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, has given Fulani herdsmen in Tombo-Mbalagh, Buruku local government area of the state, a two-day ultimatum to leave the area.Ortom gave the order while ascertaining the damage which herdsmen inflicted on the community.His visit to the place on Monday, followed attacks carried out by the herdsmen over the weekend.Eight bodies were recovered, while three [...]

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