Wike says Ortom can no longer rule Benue, calls for urgent State of Emergency


Following gunmen’s attack on a market in Zaki Biam, Benue State which left about 52 persons dead, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that the governor of the state, Mr. Samuel Ortom, can no longer rule the state.

As a result of this, Nigerian Concord reports that Governor Wike has called for the imposition of a state of emergency on Benue, stressing that the state governor had shown “ineptitude and lack of capacity to handle the situation”

This is coming just as the Benue State Human Right Watch has called on the federal government to impose an Emergency Rule on Benue state for the safety of her indegenes.

The Rivers governor accused Governor Ortom of watching helplessly and wickedly while his people are being killed by Fulani herdsmen.

“What kind of governor is that. He has displayed sheer laziness and incapacity in the whole issue, and this is quite unfortunate?” Wike queried.

Noting that Benue has been in the news over wanton killings, Wike said his state never experienced the kind of insecurity and killings being seen in Benue, even when some persons were plotting imposition of emergency rule in the state last year.

“We didn’t even have the kind of insecurity and killings that we are witnessing in Benue today when some of these mischievous opposition in Abuja were calling for state of emergency in Rivers, but now they have suddenly lost their voices. You can see their level of hypocrisy and mischief?

“I am calling for an urgent imposition of state of emergency in Benue, because there is a clear incapacity of the governor there to act decisively to stem the killings and tackle the problem,” he said.

While pointing out that Ortom’s government has not done much in the area of security, the Rivers Governor declared that; “No excuse is acceptable for the high number of deaths in Benue”.

About 52 persons, including women and children, were on Monday shot dead, with several other people sustaining varing degrees of injury, after gunmen invaded Zaki Biam, in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue.

Reports say the attackers, who also set ablaze several houses and a petrol station in the area, had stormed the Zaki Biam International Yam Market, after arriving on motorbikes and Toyota Corolla cars.