Sunday, February 17, 2019

Benue

    Ortom’s aide asks Nigerians to reject what Buhari is ‘using EFCC for’ in Benue

Ortom’s aide asks Nigerians to reject what Buhari is ‘using EFCC for’ in Benue

Terver Akase, chief press secretary to Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to witch-hunt Benue government.Speaking with TheCable on the closure of three bank accounts belonging to the state government, Akase alleged that the current administration has turned the EFCC into an "attack dog".He said his principal [...]

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    EFCC freezes accounts of Benue government

EFCC freezes accounts of Benue government

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen three bank accounts belonging to the government of Benue state.Terver Akase, chief press secretary to Samuel Ortom, governor of the state, disclosed this to TheCable on Wednesday.The commission had linked the governor to an alleged fraud to the tune of N22 billion but Ortom denied the allegation.The EFCC said between June 30, [...]

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    Benue lawmakers bicker on live TV over Ortom’s impeachment notice

Benue lawmakers bicker on live TV over Ortom’s impeachment notice

Benjamin Adayi, a member of Benue house of assembly, says the impeachment proceedings against Samuel Ortom, the state governor, is being done within the provisions of the law.He said 12 of the 30 lawmakers sat on Monday to commence the governor’s impeachment process and not eight as was reported.Reports had emerged that only eight of the lawmakers attended the plenary [...]

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    ‘FG causing mayhem in a state recovering from killings’ — PDP decries plot to unseat Ortom

‘FG causing mayhem in a state recovering from killings’ — PDP decries plot to unseat Ortom

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the service of impeachment notice on Samuel Ortom, Benue governor, by eight members of the state house of assembly is illegal.The party made this known in a communique issued after the end of an emergency meeting of its national working committee on Monday in Abuja.Kola Ologbondiyan, national publicity secretary of the party, who read [...]

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    APC suffers fresh loss in Benue as 13 LG chairmen join PDP

APC suffers fresh loss in Benue as 13 LG chairmen join PDP

Thirteen of the 17 local government chairmen elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue state have moved to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).This comes three days after Samuel Ortom, governor of the state, joined the PDP.While announcing his defection at the state government house on Wednesday, Ortom said a crowd of followers were waiting to [...]

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    Benue assembly removes speaker

Benue assembly removes speaker

Terkimbi Ikyange (pictured), speaker of Benue state house of assembly, has been impeached.At plenary on Tuesday, Richard Ujege, lawmaker representing Konshisha state constituency, moved a motion of no confidence on the speaker who was absent.The motion was supported by 21 members out of the 30 members of the house.Also impeached were James Okefe, deputy speaker and Benjamin Adanyi, majority leader, [...]

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    51 persons died in Benue IDP camp between January and June

51 persons died in Benue IDP camp between January and June

Fifty-one persons have been killed in the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp at Abagena, Benue state, between January and June this year.Addressing journalists on Wednesday, James Iorkyaa, the camp commandant, also said 69 births were recorded in the camp within the period.He said 50 persons died of various diseases including old age while one was involved in an accident.He, however, [...]

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    Police arrest councillor over Benue killings

Police arrest councillor over Benue killings

The Nigeria police force has arrested eight more suspects in connection with the recent killings in Benue state.Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, identified one of the suspects arrested as Benjamin Tivfa, a serving councillor of Fidi ward in the state.Many have been killed in Benue this year alone.In a statement issued on Tuesday, Moshood said the councillor admitted to have supplied arms [...]

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    Benue killings: Police say ‘quite a number’ of people arrested, charged to court

Benue killings: Police say ‘quite a number’ of people arrested, charged to court

Fatai Owoseni, commissioner of police in Benue, says a number of arrests have been made in connection to the clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.In an interview with NAN on Sunday in Abuja, the commissioner said those arrested were being prosecuted in court.He said: “Every security institution that is present in Benue is up and doing, quite a [...]

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    Buhari not responsible for herdsmen killings in Benue, says Ortom

Buhari not responsible for herdsmen killings in Benue, says Ortom

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, says President Muhammadu Buhari is not responsible for the killings in his state.Speaking with journalists on Tuesday, Ortom said the farmers-herders crisis predates the current administration and it would be a fallacy to link the president to it.The governor said there are responsible herdsmen in Benue who are law-abiding."Buhari will definitely come here for campaigns, [...]

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    Police ‘uncover illegal firearm factory’ in Benue

Police ‘uncover illegal firearm factory’ in Benue

The Benue police command says it has uncovered an illegal firearms factory in the state.Fatai Owoseni, Benue commissioner of police, said on Tuesday that the factory is located at Amyuwogbu-Ibilla in Oju local government area.Parading some suspects arrested at the factory, Owoseni said the place was discovered in the course of an investigation into an abduction and rape incident.He gave [...]

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    35 herdsmen killed in Benue, says DHQ

35 herdsmen killed in Benue, says DHQ

The defence headquarters says 35 armed herdsmen were killed in Gwer, Logo and Guma local government areas of Benue state on Saturday.The armed herdsmen were said to have been killed by the air force’s Mi-35 attack helicopter during a clash with Nigerian troops.John Agim, director of information, said the military was on operation Whirl Stroke in Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and [...]

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    Gospel of Jesus cannot be killed by anybody, says Osinbajo during visit to Benue

Gospel of Jesus cannot be killed by anybody, says Osinbajo during visit to Benue

Vice-President Yemi Osibajo has dismissed the religious colourations attached to the killings in Benue state.Osibajo, who is Benue on a two-day working visit, said this on Tuesday during a stakeholders meeting in Makurdi, the state capital."Persecutions have always been with Christians and it is the duty of Christians to stop it," NAN quoted him as saying."The gospel of Jesus cannot be [...]

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    I have no plan to dump APC, says Ortom

I have no plan to dump APC, says Ortom

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, says he has no plan to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC).Ortom said this in Sunday while reacting to a report naming him as among APC leaders planning to defect to another political party.Benue has witnessed several killings in 2018, with some accusing the APC-led federal government of failing to make adequate efforts to [...]

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    Tension as angry youth attack Hausa community in Benue, ‘kill 8’

Tension as angry youth attack Hausa community in Benue, ‘kill 8’

Many people have been killed and displaced in a reprisal attack on the Hausa community in Makurdi, Benue state capital.The attack is believed to be carried out by Tiv youth protesting the killings of some priests and worshippers at a Catholic church in Gwer east local government area of the state.Daily Trust quoted Bello Abdurrahamn, sarkin Hausawa of Makurdi, as [...]

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    Priests, worshipers killed in Benue church ‘were praying for solution to killings’

Priests, worshipers killed in Benue church ‘were praying for solution to killings’

The two priests and worshipers murdered at St. Ignatius’ Catholic Church, Ayar, Benue, were praying for a solution to the killings in the state when suspected herdsmen struck on Tuesday.Jude Ortese, a reverend father and chancellor of the Catholic diocese of Makurdi, made this known on Wednesday.He said the 19 victims will be buried at Susugh Maria Pilgrimage Centre, Ayati, [...]

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