Ortom cuts short leave to tackle insecurity in Benue

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has cut short his leave to return and join hands with major stakeholders to address the ongoing crisis in some border and other communities of the state.

This was disclosed in a press statement this morning by the governor’s chief press secretary, Mr. Terver Akase.

According to Akase, the governor who is already on the way back to the country, believed that the decision became necessary following renewed killings of innocent people and destruction of property by gunmen especially in the Sankera area of the state.

In the statement, the governor appealed for calm, assuring the people of the affected areas that the Benue State Government would do everything lawfully possible to ensure the end of the crisis and to guarantee their safety.

The Governor also stated that it was part of the peace efforts that his Deputy, Engineer Benson Abounu recently led a state delegation to Taraba to meet with key stakeholders in that state where they engaged on the best approach to end the lingering crisis between the people of border communities in the two states.

Governor Ortom stated that even while on leave he had been in constant touch with heads of security agencies in the state, adding that he is optimistic that sooner than later, peace will return to the troubled areas.

He appealed to those taking advantage of the crisis to whip up sentiments to remember that Benue is the only state they have and if they allow politics to destroy it, the impact of such destruction will affect everyone irrespective of political affiliation.

How however appreciated the Benue State House of Assembly, State Executive and Security Councils, the Benue State Council of Chiefs, leaders and members of religious, civil society and other groups, the media and the entire people of the state for the support given his Deputy while he was away on his annual leave.

He also enjoined Benue people to sustain the support and collaboration with the State Government in restoring peace to all parts of the state.