Latest Benue State News Online Roundup/LinkNaija
Latest Benue State News Online Roundup/LinkNaija

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Labour Leader Provides ‘Proof’ Workers Voted For Ortom In Benue Election

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A leader of the organised labour in Benue StatePhillip Nongo, has attributed the triumph of Gov. Samuel Ortom in some parts of the state in the 2019 general elections to the support given to him by workers.

Concise News reports that Nongo, who was the Chairman, Planning Committee of the 2019 International Workers Day marked in the state at the IBB Square, Makurdi, says for the first time in the history of the state, a sitting governor won an election at the Government House polling unit and in Makurdi South state assembly unit.

says the victory of the present government in the two areas particularly shows that workers voted for the return of Ortom as his predecessors lost elections in the past to opposition parties.’

“Ortom made history during the general elections. History was made for the very first time as a sitting governor won elections at government house polling unit; a sitting governor also won the assembly seat in Makurdi South.

“This shows that workers voted for you (Ortom). It had never been done before that a sitting governor won the government house polling unit and Makurdi South, I can tell you that the reason was that most of the voters in the areas are workers,” he said.

Furthermore, Nongo urged the governor to live up to the expectation of the state workers in his second term of governance so as to leave a legacy that would be worthy of emulation.

Gov. Ortom, the PDP candidate, had polled 127 votes to defeat APC’s candidate, Barr. Emmanuel Jime, who scored 112 votes at the Benue State Government House polling unit in Makurdi.

Benue News: Govt Investigates Rising Menace Of Rape At IDP Camps

The Benue State Government says it is investigating allegations of rape of refugees at the Internally Displaced Camps (IDPs).

Concise News reports that this follows the rising menace of rape and gender-based violence against female IDPs often resulting in unwanted pregnancies.

A victim who craved anonymity says a female member of the vigilante group took her away to a waiting security official, according to Channels Television.

Disclosing how she was sexually harassed, she says the security personnel ignored several pleas by some women and forcefully raped her.

Speaking in her native language, she says: “It was night, the man grabbed me and was dragging me towards his vehicle. I pleaded with him to let me go but he refused.

“So I gestured towards the direction where I thought there will be people who would rescue me. When we got there, we met only two women in the room who had just put to birth.

“So I held onto the door, but he pulled me away. One of the women in the camps heard my screams and came to plead with him to leave me alone but he wouldn’t listen. Instead, he grabbed me into another shelter where he raped me.”

Although none of the security agencies in the state has reacted to the allegation as at the time of filing this report.

However, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Emmanuel Shior confirmed the incident.

“I am working with security agencies to get to the bottom of the issue in terms of getting evidence against the security personnel that is accused,” he told Channels TV.

“When we get enough evidence against them, I assure you that we will get them to face the law.”

Benue: Gov Ortom Discloses What He Will Do To Criminals From Monday (Today)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Sunday declared statewide crackdown on criminals in the state beginning from today (Monday).

Ortom made this known in Agasha, Guma Local Government Area of the state at a thanksgiving service held at the NKST Church, Agasha.

The thanksgiving service was organised in his honour by the Nongov Community Development Association.

The governor stated that with the end of the one-week prayer and fasting programme organised in conjunction with the Christian Association of Nigeria against evil in the state, it was time to match faith with works.

He declared that criminal elements would have no hiding place in the state again.

Ortom said a task force comprising the military, the police, as well as other security agencies would be engaged to fish out criminals.

“The operation will be targeted at kidnappers and cult members who have been harassing innocent people in some parts of the state,” he said.

Ortom reminded the people of the state about laws prohibiting kidnapping, cultism and other related crimes.

According to the governor, the objective of the crackdown would be to restore peace to troubled areas, particularly in Sankera, Gboko, Kwande and other communities, so that economic and other activities would flourish.

He said, “God has heard the prayers of the people at several previous times such that I am confident that the war against crime would also be won.”

FG Targets 23, 000 Benue Farmers For Agric Inputs

The Federal Government under its National Emergency Agricultural Intervention Fund has targeted at least 23,000 farmers in Benue State who were either affected by the 2018 flood or by the farmers/herders conflicts to benefit from agricultural inputs.

A Deputy Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Dr. Martins Ejike who led the agency’s team to Benue on behalf of its Director General, Mustapha Maihaja, said at a press conference on Monday in Makurdi that the fund was initiated as a palliative for affected farmers in the two emergency areas.

According to Daily Trust, he noted that the federal government’s intervention program in the agricultural sector would address the two major issues of farmers affected by farmers/herders conflicts as well as farmers who were affected by the 2018 flood disaster in an aim to give them a sense of belonging.

“A farmer who successfully go through the enumeration process will get a basket. The basket contains farm inputs, such as agricultural material, knapsack sprayer, seedlings and chemical among others.”

“We are working in partnership with the state government, with agriculture specialists from the ministry of Agriculture and extension workers.

We are targeting the 23 local governments areas of the state and also targeting the farming season,” he said.

Ejike added that already, the NEMA team have covered the Benue south and now moving to the northeast axis of the state as he stressed that the agency is not partisan in carrying out the assignment.

He further emphasized that they (NEMA) would not give out money as they are not mandated to do so apart from distributing only agricultural inputs.


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