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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state/The Guardian Nigeria

Rural communities in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State, bordering Ebonyi State have been handed a seven-day ultimatum by Governor Samuel Ortom to produce for prosecution killers, who allegedly ambushed and beheaded four persons of Ebonyi origin.

Concise News reports that Ortom, who handed the ultimatum, particularly directed the District Head of Agila Chiefdom in Ado LGA to ensure that the police get the needed intelligence to apprehend the suspects.

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Ortom in a statement made available to pressmen in Makurdi by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, notes that delegations from Benue and Ebonyi States recently met in Abakaliki and set up a committee to find ways of ending hostilities between the border communities.

The statement adds that it was on the basis of the resolutions made at the first meeting that the delegation from Ebonyi State was allegedly ambushed on its way to Benue State for a second meeting.

Ortom, therefore, warns that any traditional ruler in the state found to be shielding criminals causing crisis in their domain will be sanctioned henceforth.

The governor urges traditional rulers to sensitize their subjects to support security operatives with timely and useful information about criminals hiding in their communities. Also, he laments the loss of lives and destruction of property as a result of avoidable conflicts in some communities in the state and at the border between Benue and Taraba States.