Benue lifts ban on religious gatherings

…schools know fate in two weeks   The Benue State government  yesterday lifted its ban on religious gathering in the state. According to the government, the gesture was aimed at curtailing the spread of Coronavirus in the state. Governor Samuel Ortom had on March 8, placed a ban on churches and mosques as part of measures to contain the spread of the pandemic. The governor stated this while briefing newsmen shortly after a joint meeting of the State Executive Council and the State Action Committee on COVID-19 to review its…

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Ibo trader kidnapped in Benue

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Armed bandits have kidnapped an Ibo trader, Mr. Celestine Agbo, popularly known as “Yellow” in Gboko local government area of Benue state. Witnesses told New Telegraph that the bandits who carried sophisticated weapons, came in a Toyota Corolla car known local parlance as “Duck Nyash” firing sporadically in the air opposite Zenith Bank PLC located along J. S Tarka way Gboko to scare the public and customers who queued up to withdraw money at ATM machines. According to the source, after scaring people, the kidnappers left and returned within two…

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JUST IN: Ortom threatens N10bn suit against Oshiomhole for defamation, libel

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has threatened to institute a N10 billion suit against the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for alleged defamation and libel. Governor Ortom, in a letter he addressed to the APC National Chairman via his lawyers, a copy obtained by Sunday Telegraph in Makurdi the state capital, quoted various interviews and press briefings where the former Edo State Governor allegedly defamed, maligned and demeaned him before right-thinking members of the public. Governor Ortom quoted several instances where Comrade Oshiomhole briefed…

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Don’t withdraw policemen, Benue IDPs beg IG

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) yesterday kicked against plans by the Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, to withdraw his men from the eight IDP camps in Benue State. The victims, who have been in the camps for the past eight months with no hope of returning to their ancestral homes as the armed Fulani herdsmen are still occupying their villages, said their lives were no longer safe. Governor Samuel Ortom had told journalists in Makurdi about the plan by the IG to withdraw policemen deployed in the camps. “I…

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Court summons impeached Benue Speaker, others

A High Court in Makurdi has given a seven-day notice to the impeached Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Mr Terkimbi Ikyange; his Deputy, Mr James Okefe; and the Majority Leader, Benjamin Adanyi, to appear before it. The court summoned the three men to explain why they should not be committed to prison for contempt and violation of last Friday’s order, restraining them from parading themselves as principal officers of the state assembly. Justice Theresa Igoche gave the notice on Wednesday in her ruling on an application brought…

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Any attempt to link Buhari with plot to impeach Gov. Ortom will not stick – Presidency

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The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that any attempt to link President Muhamadu Buhari in the ongoing Benue impeachment saga will not stick. Adesina stated this in a statement on Tuesday while distancing the President from the political development in the state. “President Buhari will never be part of any unconstitutional act, and any attempt to link him with the inglorious past, when minority number of lawmakers impeached governors, will not stick”, he said. The comments come after some lawmakers from the…

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Current situation in Benue is a desecration of legislative sanctity – Saraki, Dogara

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Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara have described as ” a desecration of the legislative sanctity”, the on-going situation in Benue State in which eight out of the 30 members of the State House of Assembly have commenced impeachment process against the governor and with the support of the police, the 22 other members who constitute more than two-third majority are kept away from the Assembly complex. In a statement jointly signed by their media aides, Saraki and Dogara also called…

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VIDEO: Benue lawmakers scale fence to enter Assembly Complex

Members of Benue State House of Assembly on Friday scaled the high perimeter fence surrounding the Assembly Complex and jumped into the premises in an attempt to hold a parliamentary session. News Agency of Nigeria reports that both the impeached Speaker, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange (APC-Ushongo ) and his successor, Mr. Titus Ubah (APC-Kyaan) were at the premises, both laying claims to the post of Speaker. Supporters of both sides forced their way into the premises through the high wall. Both groups were, however, prevented from gaining entry into the main…

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Quiz Miyetti Allah leaders over herdsmen killings, Gowon tells security operatives

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Former Military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) has expressed disappointment over the handling of herdsmen killings and general security situation in the country and called on the security agencies to invite and question the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore who had threatened to unleash violence on Benue State, and later justified the killings, for their role in it. He particularly frowned at the killing of innocent unarmed villagers by the invading herdsmen which has continued unabated. Gen. Gowon stated this when he visited Governor Samuel Ortom at…

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