Insecurity: Ortom meets Benue stakeholders, says evil perpetrators will be punished

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…Benue PDP welcomes Ortom, urges opposition to join hands in fighting insecurity

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, has promised that everyone that hides under politics to perpetrate evil in the state will be punished by his administration.

The governor said this through his chief of staff, Terwase Orbunde, yesterday at the burial of Late. Orkuma Yandev in Gboko.

This is just as the governor will this morning meet with major stakeholders from Katsina-Ala, Ukum , Logo, Kwande and Gboko local government areas at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House.

Speaking at the burial, Governor Samuel Ortom whi said he devoted his life for the security of lives and properties of the people of Benue through his oath of office added that there is no going back on the decision.

He pressed further that he will give ultimate supports to security agencies to enable them fish out those who are sponsoring killings in Benue state for political reasons.

According to the governor, all the politicians that are using politics to perpetrate crime in the state will face the wrath of the law no matter how highly placed.

He however prayed that God should grant the bereaved father, Prince Vincent Yandev Amaabai, the family, Yandev community and Gboko area the fortitude to bear the painful and irreparable loss.

Meanwhile, Governor amuel Ortom willl meet with major stakeholders from Katsina-Ala, Ukum , Logo, Kwande and Gboko local government areas at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House at 11 am prompt, today.

According to a press statement by the governor’s special adviser on media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, the agenda of the meeting will be a discussion of the prevailing security challenges in those areas.

The statement further expressed that a formal invitation to the meeting is being extended to the concerned stakeholders not specifically mentioned.

These include District Heads, Third, Second and First Class Traditional Rulers, local government chairmen, serving and elected Natonal and State Assembly members, selected religious leaders as well as other prominent sons and daughters from the local government areas.

Also, Agerzua said that a similar meeting will be held with stakeholders from Agatu local government area at the same venue to discuss same agenda on Friday, 26th April, 2019 at 10 am.

In a related development, the Benue State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has welcome Gov. Samuel Ortom back from his statutory leave which he took after the 2019 general elections.

The party said through Mr.Bemgba Iortyom, State Publicity Secretary,
that it underetands that the governor needed to be mentally and physically, as well as spiritually rejuvenated after the hectic campaigns and electioneering activities of the last elections.

In its statement, the party said that: “It is our faith that despite cutting short his leave to return and attend to the unabating wave of insecurity in the state, he is sufficiently rested and primed to carry on with discharging the responsibilities of governance.

“But while the governor, on his return has taken steps straight to the heart of the security challenge with series of meetings with stakeholders in the affected areas, it is also the responsibility of the people to give him their support regarding this issue.

“We call on the people across political divides to resist the temptation to permit partisan sentiments to becloud their judgement and taint their utterances concerning the situation.

“We also enjoin the leaderships of opposition political parties to put the lives of innocent people in the state above partisan considerations.

“For only then will they be able to truly discharge the sacred functions of the opposition which aim not to undermine society but to build it through constructive criticism where necessary and supportive engagement where needed.

“We call on all stakeholders in the Benue project to rally round Gov. Ortom in sincere support devoid of politics, that much needed peace and security may be restored to our dear state”