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    Benue makes U-turn, reinstates ban on religious gatherings

Benue makes U-turn, reinstates ban on religious gatherings

The Benue state government has reversed its decision to lift the ban on religious gatherings. On Thursday, Samuel Ortom, governor of the state, lifted the ban on gatherings in churches and mosques as well as other public gatherings. But speaking with journalists at the government house in Makurdi, the state capital, on Saturday, the governor announced a reversal of the decision, saying [...]

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    COVID-19: We’ll seize any corpse brought into Benue, says Ortom

COVID-19: We’ll seize any corpse brought into Benue, says Ortom

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, has directed that no corpse should be brought into the state as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ortom, who gave the directive while meeting some warring communities in Benue on Tuesday, said any corpse brought into the state will be seized. He, however, gave an exception for families who “feel strongly” they want to [...]

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    EFCC to investigate incident that led to shawarma seller’s arrest

EFCC to investigate incident that led to shawarma seller’s arrest

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it will investigate the incident that led to the arrest of Mnena Ato, a businesswoman and chief executive officer of Star Shawarma, a pastry restaurant in Makurdi, the Benue state capital. Ato had narrated how she was arrested by EFCC officials over a N1,600 transaction. Narrating her ordeal, Ato, who was arrested alongside her accountant [...]

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    EXTRA: Ortom declares 30-day prayers against renewed attacks

EXTRA: Ortom declares 30-day prayers against renewed attacks

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, has called for 30 days fasting and prayers to seek God’s favour in "combating herdsmen attack" in some parts of the state. Ortom made the call on Thursday while interacting with journalists on the occasion of his 59th birthday. Benue has recently witnessed renewed attacks from suspected herdsmen. In February, about 16 people were reportedly killed in an attack on Ebete [...]

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    Coronavirus toll in Nigeria now 89 as infection spreads to Benue

Coronavirus toll in Nigeria now 89 as infection spreads to Benue

Nigeria has recorded eight new coronavirus cases bringing the number of cases in the country to 89. The cases are spread across 10 states and the federal capital territory (FCT). The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced the new cases in a tweet on Saturday. It said seven of the new cases are in Lagos while one is in Benue. Of the 89 [...]

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    Strange disease hits Benue, ’15 dead’

Strange disease hits Benue, ’15 dead’

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it is investigating the outbreak of an unknown disease in Benue state. Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of NCDC, told NAN on Saturday the agency is taking steps to effectively manage the disease which is said to have killed 15 persons. Abba Moro, a senator from Benue, had reported the casualty figure at the floor of the [...]

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    Ortom: How I was rescued when herdsmen attacked me at the farm

Ortom: How I was rescued when herdsmen attacked me at the farm

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, on Monday said he was attacked by suspected herdsmen while at his farm located along Makurdi-Naka road in Makurdi, Benue state capital, last week. During an interactive session with reporters in Makurdi, Ortom said he would not bow to the attempt to intimidate him for speaking up for his people. He also reiterated his call for [...]

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    ‘N220m fraud’: EFCC detains Benue assembly clerk, arrests wife and daughters

‘N220m fraud’: EFCC detains Benue assembly clerk, arrests wife and daughters

Torese Agena, clerk of Benue state house of assembly, is currently in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N220 million fraud. Nwanyinma Okeanu, EFCC spokesperson in Benue, said Agena has been in detention since his arrest on Thursday. Okeanu added that the clerk's wife and two daughters were arrested and handed over to the police for allegedly [...]

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    Fire guts part of David Mark’s residence in Benue

Fire guts part of David Mark’s residence in Benue

There was a fire outbreak at the residence of David Mark, former senate president, at Otukpo in Benue state, on Thursday. The fire was said to have spread from a nearby bush into the house, gutting 15 motorcycles and two vehicles. It was also said to have affected the guest house of the residence. The former senate president was said to be [...]

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    Appeal court upholds Ortom’s election

Appeal court upholds Ortom’s election

The court of appeal sitting in Abuja has upheld the election of Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state. Delivering the verdict on Thursday, the court dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Emmanuel Jime, its candidate, challenging Ortoms’s victory for lacking merit. The court also awarded N150,000 fine against the APC candidate. Ortom defected from the APC to [...]

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    Benue perm sec, wife, children die in fire outbreak

Benue perm sec, wife, children die in fire outbreak

Seker Akaa, acting permanent secretary at the ministry of science and technology in Benue, alongside his wife and two children lost their lives in a fire incident on Monday. Sewuese Anene, Benue police spokesman, confirmed the tragic incident, saying the fire started around 2:40am at the residence of the deceased at Kwarafa Quaters, Makurdi, the state capital. Three other flats were also [...]

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    Court jails man who refused to return N99,000 sent to him in error

Court jails man who refused to return N99,000 sent to him in error

A federal high court, Makurdi, Benue state, has sentenced Orhena Bartholomew, a tailor, to prison for refusing to return N99,000 mistakenly transferred to him. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured the conviction of the tailor on Monday. The EFCC said it received a petition from a complainant, who operates Firstmonie Cash Point, alleging that Bartholomew came to him to transfer [...]

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    Ortom: I won’t anoint anyone as my successor

Ortom: I won’t anoint anyone as my successor

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, says he has no plans to anoint anybody as his successor. Ortom, while addressing PDP stakeholders’ on Friday in Makurdi, assured them that he would allow the party to field the most acceptable candidate for the governorship election in 2023. “If someone tells you that I have anointed him as my successor, tell him that he [...]

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    ‘Four killed’ as gunmen attack mourners in Benue

‘Four killed’ as gunmen attack mourners in Benue

The Benue police command has confirmed the killing of four persons in the early hours of Saturday at a burial in Tongov district of Katsina-Ala local government area. Mukaddas Garba, the commissioner of police in the state, informed NAN of the development in Makurdi. The commissioner said the incident occurred during the burial of one late Tor Amaafu. Garba said the police has [...]

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    Gunmen abduct Benue College of Education provost

Gunmen abduct Benue College of Education provost

The Benue state police command has announced the abduction of Tsavwua Gborigyo, provost of the College of Education, Katsina-Ala. Catherine Anene, the state police public relations officer, confirmed the incident on Monday. Anene said the provost was abducted during the weekend at Ihugh in Vandiekya area of the state while returning from a burial. She said no contact had been established with the [...]

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    Market leader shot dead in Benue

Market leader shot dead in Benue

Tavershima Achinge, chairman of  Zaki Biam yam market association in Ukum local government of Benue state, has been killed. Catherine Anene, public relations officer of the police in the state, disclosed this in Makurdi, the state capital, on Tuesday. She said Achinge was shot dead on Monday evening, adding that the incident was reported on Tuesday through the Ukum divisional police station. The entire [...]

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