Benue State News Headlines Online Update
The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ioraer Ortom, has assured the state of public service reforms. Concise News reports that Ortom gave the assurance after receiving the report of the state Public Service Reform Committee at the state’s Government House on Wednesday. He commends the committee for what he termed “meticulous work done” as contained in its findings and recommendations. Assuring that his administration would be guided to a better public service in the state by the findings of the committee, the governor says he was not surprised by the manner the committee carried out its assignment in view of the calibre of seasoned serving and retired technocrats paraded.
Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State has asked the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi to strike out the petition against him, Concise News understands. This online news medium understands that the Benue State leader said this on Wednesday when he filed his defence before the Governorship, National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal. Ortom, through Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General Michael Gusa, raised preliminary objections and told the court to strike out the petition. Click here to read more…
A Makurdi Magistrates’ court on Wednesday ordered the remand of a businesswoman, Swuese Moses of Atorgbenda village, Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, charged with culpable homicide. Concise News reports that the prosecutor, Sgt. Regina Ishaya told the court that the case was transferred from Ukum Divisional Police Headquarters, Zaki-Biam to the state CID, Makurdi via a letter dated Feb 13, 2019. According to the letter, one Emmanuel Tyonigir of RCM Church, Shenge, Mbazan in Ukum Local Government Area, reported the matter at the Ukum Police Station on Feb 11. Tyonigir states that on that same Feb 11, the accused used a knife to stab her 25-year-old daughter, Iveren to death. The prosecutor said the accused was arrested during police investigation and she confessed committing the crime, NAN reports. Also, the prosecutor informed the court that investigation into the case was still ongoing and asked for another date for mention. The accused was charged with culpable homicide, punishable under Section 222 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue, 2004. In his ruling, the Magistrate, Peter Chaha, did not take the plea of the accused as the court lacks the jurisdiction to hear the matter. He, therefore, adjourns the case till June 11, for further mention.
Former Senate President, Senator David Mark, Tuesday called for an end to all forms of hostilities between warring communities in Benue state. Concise News reports that Senator Mark is worried about the casualties arising from the unabating hostilities in parts of Benue state between communities as well as farmers/ herdsmen conflicts. A statement by his media aide, Paul Mumeh notes that while addressing traditional rulers and politicians separately at Agatu and Apa local government areas during his thank you tour to his constituents after 20 years in the Senate on Tuesday, Senator Mark says there is need to live in harmony with one another. Senator Mark urges the warring communities to embrace dialogue and seek channels of mediation rather than resort to self- help to resolve conflicts saying that only a peaceful environment guarantees development.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has explained that the Ranching Law passed in Benue was not targeted at anybody or group but to ensure peace between farmers and herdsmen. Ortom said this in Nsukka on Tuesday while delivering the Prof. Miriam Ikejiani-Clark First Memorial Lecture, titled “The State and Management of Farmers /Herdsmen Conflict in Nigeria: Lessons from the Benue Valley”. Click here for the full gist.