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Ortom Imposes Curfew, Bans Use Of Toyota Corolla In Benue LGAs Over Killing Of Ex-Governor’s Brother



The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew on three local government areas of the state following the killing of Terkura Suswam, the elder brother of the former governor of Benue State, Senator Gabriel Suswam, who was killed Tuesday night.

Ortom also banned the use of the Toyota Corolla old model vehicle known in Benue as ‘duck yansh’ in the affected local government areas.

The three local government areas affected by the directive are Ukum, Katsina-Alla, and Logo politically known as Sankera axis.

The Governor announced the moves at the end of the expanded State Security Council meeting held at the Government House, Makurdi.

The Governor’s directive however made an exception for those using the banned vehicle for commercial purposes but warned that such vehicle must be properly documented and the owners must go to the park to load.

Apart from this, the ban on motorcycles earlier restricted to Ukum and Katsina-Alla had been extended to Logo Local Government Area while a N5 million reward was also announced for anyone with useful information that leads o the arrest of those who killed Terkura Suswam.

“The State Security Council at its expanded meeting today resolved that the ban on motorcycles earlier restricted to two local government areas in Sankera axis (Katsina-Ala and Ukum) has been extended to Logo Local Government.

“The council also resolved to ban the use of Toyota Corolla old model known as ‘Duck yansh’ in the three local government areas of Sankera axis.

“Those using it for commercial purpose must ensure its documentation and must go to motor park to load.

“So also has the council imposed curfew from 6:00pm to 6:00 am on the three local government areas,” Ortom declared.

It will be recalled that the older brother of former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan, Terkula Suswam, was assassinated on Tuesday.

It was gathered that the deceased who is the Chief Executive Officer of Ashitech Group of Companies was shot dead by gunmen at a petrol station in his home town Anyiin, Logo.

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