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Good day and welcome to the Benue State news headlines online update for today, May 19th, 2019 on Concise News.

Benue: Group Writes Audu Ogbe, Adamu Over Extortion

A group known as the Federated Food Stuff Dealers Association of Nigeria (FFSDAN) has called on the minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, to quickly address the notorious extortion from their members nationwide by workers attached to Federal Quarantine Service Post located at Orokam, Makurdi and Katsina-Ala both in Benue state.

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Concise News reports that the association informed the minister that the said posts have literally become ‘ATM machines’ to the workers as they extort money ranging from N3,000 to N7,000 from their members daily since June 2018.

The FFSDAN strongly condemns the Quarantine Post at Orokam which they said ought not to exist in the first place since they insisted that there should not be three Quarantine Posts in one state.

Their call was contained in a petition addressed to the minister and copied to the Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adamu; the Commissioner of Police in Benue state and others. It was also made available to journalists on Thursday.

The petition was signed by the President General of the association, Chief Christian Afiiaonwu; Secretary, Udoka Abukanna; Operational Officer, Sebastian Ageebee and the Public Relations Officer, Adamu Alidu.

Farmers/Herders Crisis: NGO Harps On Peaceful Coexistence In Benue

A non-governmental organisation known as Search for Common Ground (Search) has stressed the need for peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders in grassroots communities of Benue State.

Concise News reports that Senior Training Coordinator of Search, Emmanuella Rita Atsen, who facilitated a three-day training in Otukpo and Guma local government areas of the state, says the importance of fostering peace at all levels in the state could not be overemphasised.

According to Atsen, the training on Conflict Transformation, Human Right and Dialogue with over 80 participants in attendance, brought together a diverse range of stakeholders including traditional, religious and community leaders, women and youth leaders, local government officials and members of the Community Security Architecture Dialogue (CSAD) forum across the two LGAs.

The Benue State Project Coordinator, Chorbe Joshua Gonlur, says that the objective of the training was to increase collaboration between farmers and herders to develop joint, effective, sustainable local mechanisms for early warning response, dispute management, violence prevention and mitigation at the community levels.

He explains that CSAD – a forum with targeted stakeholders including law enforcement agencies, government, civil society actors, traditional and religious leaders and community members of both farmers and herders – would at all times mediate and maintain peace at the grassroots.

That’s the latest Benue State news headlines online update for today. Since you soon!