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Round-Up Of Latest Benue State News Today, Tuesday, May 21st 2019

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Here Are The Major Round-Up Of News From Benue State Today, Tuesday, May 21st, 2019.

Benue State Government Reacts To Pro Buhari Group’s Criticism

The Benue State government has berated the Pro Buhari group (Buhari Media Organisation), for accusing him of being responsible for the crisis within the State.

It will be recalled that Naija News had earlier reported that the BMO, in the statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, had alleged that Governor Ortom celebrated the murder of 73 Benue indigents in January 2018 with what it called ‘a parade of coffins and a jamboree burial’ to blame Fulani pastoralists.

The group accused Governor Ortom of arming, shielding and using the wanted Terwase Akwaza, alias Gana, as well as Alhaji Aliyu Tershaku to massacre Benue people.”

However, the governor described those behind the group as enemies of the state who out to distract his administration from governance. Ortom also said those behind the group were looking for political appointment from the Presidency, hence the allegation that he was responsible for the crisis and blaming it on armed Fulani herdsmen.

Gana: Governor Samuel Ortom Accuses Sen. Akume Of Rigging Presidential Election

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has accused a serving Senator, George Akume of using a wanted terrorist, Terwase Akwaza, also known as Gana to rig the just concluded general elections in the state.

Naija News understands that the governor made the revelation after a Pro Buhari group (BMO) blamed him for the Inter-states and Fulani herdsmen crises in the state.

The governor alleged that Akume met with Gana before the commencement of the just concluded elections and the terrorists rigged the elections in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement by his Media Aide, Tever Akase, the governor also distanced himself from claims by the Buhari Media Organisation, BMO, that he had appointed Gana as one of his aides.

Benue State SSG Gets Second Term Appointment

The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has announced the reappointment of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Anthony Ijohor (SAN).

Naija News learnt that the Governor also reappointed his Chief of Staff, Terwase Obunde. This was contained in a statement made available to the Press by Terver Akase, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor on Monday.

Also, the statement reveals that Local Government Election will hold between November and December 2019. The statement states: “Governor Samuel Ortom today announced the reappointment of Secretary to Benue State Government, Professor Anthony Ijohor, SAN, and his Chief of Staff, Hon. Terwase Orbunde.”

The Governor made the announcement at an expanded Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus held at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi. In the statement, Governor Ortom also discloses that council polls in the state would hold before the end of 2019.

According to him, “The Benue State Independent National Electoral Commission, BESIEC, would soon commence processes for the polls.”

Source: Naija News

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