The bloodbath in Benue compelled Governor Samuel Ortom to cut short his annual leave and summon an emergency meeting of stakeholders from the area. Concise News reports that at the end of the meeting, which had in attendance former Governor, Gabriel Suswam, former and serving federal and state lawmakers, among others, Ortom attributes the crisis to acts of criminality and negligence on the part of those entrusted with responsibilities in the troubled communities.
Four members of a peace committee set up by both Ebonyi and Benue state governments to end the age-long boundary dispute between the people of Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi and their neighbours Agila, in Ardo Local Government Area of Benue State, were on Thursday beheaded by unknown warlords. Concise News reports that last week, Deputy Governors of Ebonyi and Benue states, Dr. Kelechi Igwe and Chief Benson Abonu held a meeting at the Government House, Abakaliki and inaugurated three committees namely, Inter-community peace committee, Ohaukwu/Ado Inter-Local Governments Peace Committee and a Technical Committee with members drawn from the National Boundary Commission, Office of Surveyor General of the Federation and Surveyors General of Ebonyi and Benue states to end killings, maiming and destructions in the crisis. But on Wednesday, four members of the peace committee who hailed from Ngbo community, in the Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State, were beheaded, while two others sustained severe injuries on their way to a peace meeting in Benue State over the crisis.
Benue State University (BSU) says, allegations of financial impropriety making rounds in university circles against the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof. Moses Kembe, are false. Tser Vanger, the university’s Information Officer, told NAN on Thursday in Makurdi that such allegations were “completely unfounded”. He denies that the VC diverted funds meant for the payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) for the procurement of exotic cars for top officers of the university. Also, he quashes insinuations that lectures were held in dilapidated buildings marked for demolition. However, Vanger admits school fees were increased but not diverted for purchase of cars.
The National and House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Benue State, yesterday, held its inaugural sitting. Concise News reports that Chairman of the tribunal, Justice A.A. Adeleye, sitting with two other colleagues, Justice C.M Ken-Eze and Justice A.A Mamadi, in his inaugural speech, assured lawyers and petitioners that the law would take its rightful course. However, Justice Adeleye adjourns the first case on the list of petitions between Mrs Mimi Adzape-Orubibi (APC) and Dr Gabriel Suswam (PDP) and INEC to May 9, for a pre-trial conference. Mrs Adzape-Orubibi is challenging the return of Suswam by INEC as the winner of Benue North East Senatorial District election. The second case on the petition list is between PDP’s incumbent House of Representatives member, Samson Okwu, and APGA’s David Ogewu, over the Oju/Obi Federal Constituency seat. It was also adjourned to May 16, for the pre-trial conference since pleas had not been completely entered. Okwu’s lead Counsel, Kenneth Ikonne, drew the attention of the tribunal to Paragraph 18 (1) of the practice direction which provided that pre-trial comes only after final reply, stressing that in the circumstances concerned, he was of the view that pre-trial could not go on. Meanwhile, Ogewu’s Counsel, N.L Ikyaagba, agreed to come before the tribunal on a later date to do the needful.
And that is the roundup of the latest Benue State news online for today on Concise. See you soon!