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Channels TV denies reports its staff was arrested by DSS
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Channels TV denies reports its staff was arrested by DSS

Channels TV has denied media reports claiming some of its reporters were arrested by security agents on Thursday, August 26. According to the media house, the entire anchors of its flagship programme, Sunrise Daily,  were invited for a meeting by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Abuja and they have since returned from that meeting. News made rounds on social media yesterday afternoon that the presenters were arrested by the DSS for an interview they granted to Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom.
Ortom: NANS condemns NBC ‘victimisation’ of Channels TV presenters
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Ortom: NANS condemns NBC ‘victimisation’ of Channels TV presenters

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ogun State, has condemned the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for summoning Chamberlain Usoh and Kayode Okikiolu of Channels Television to its Abuja office, describing it as victimisation. DAILY POST reports that two presenters of Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily were invited to NBC headquarters in Abuja over some “inciting comments” made against President Muhammadu Buhari by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State when he appeared on the programme on Tuesday. In a statement signed by the Ogun NANS Chairman, Damilola Simeon, and made available to DAILY POST on Thursday evening, it was said that “The media, being the fourth estate of the realm, is an important pillar upon which the democracy of an heterogeneous nation like N...
Buhari govt, not Ortom, spreading division, hatred among Nigerians – PDP
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Buhari govt, not Ortom, spreading division, hatred among Nigerians – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government as being responsible for spreading division and hatred among Nigerians, and not Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom. Recall that Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement, had accused Ortom of stiring up hatred by targeting an ethnic group in Nigeria – using language reminiscent of the Rwandan genocide, adding that for the governor of a major state in Nigeria to be politically driven by ethnic hatred is a stain on the country. However, in a statement issued on Thursday, and signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of PDP, he said the Buhari presidency has been planting seeds of discord in the country with hate ...
Ortom: NBC warned against victimising Channels TV for interviewing Governor
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Ortom: NBC warned against victimising Channels TV for interviewing Governor

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has warned the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC ) against obstructing citizen’s freedom of expression. HURIWA warned the Commission to stop taking laws into its hands but go to court if it feels strongly that any broadcasting station breached any extant law, adding that tt(NBC) cannot be the judge, the prosecutor in its own case. The Rights group said the courts of law as recognised in sections of the constitution is the only body that can determine the wrongness or rightness of any action by any person or authority and not an agency of the executive arm of government. HURIWA said this against the backdrop of the reported warning letter sent to Channels Television by NBC for interviewing the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ort...
Sowore, other activists storm NBC office as commission summons Channel TV presenter
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Sowore, other activists storm NBC office as commission summons Channel TV presenter

Human rights activist Omoyele Sowore and some Nigerian broadcasters have stormed the headquarters of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Abuja over the query issued to Channels Television for interviewing Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State. The NBC has also summoned presenters of the TV station, Chamberlain Usoh and Kayode Okikiolu to its office in Abuja for questioning. The presenters who are the major anchors of the TV’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ breakfast programme were invited to the Abuja office of the agency on Thursday over some comments made against President Muhammadu Buhari by two guests during the programme on Tuesday. DAILY POST had reported that the regulatory body had queried the television station over an interview granted to Benue Governor Samuel Ortom Following...
Update: Governor Ortom directs Demolition of house used by kidnappers of Benue Commissioner’s Wife
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Update: Governor Ortom directs Demolition of house used by kidnappers of Benue Commissioner’s Wife

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has ordered for the immediate demolition of a house used by the kidnappers who abducted the wife of the State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals, Mrs Ann Unenge and her driver. LIB reported that a gun duel with the kidnappers and men of Operation Zenda on Monday, August 2, led to the rescue of Mrs Ann Unenge and her driver who sustained injury on his left leg while three other suspects allegedly escaped. Governor Ortom gave the directive at the Nigeria Police Headquarters Makurdi where dead bodies of three of the kidnappers neutralised by men of Operation Zenda were displayed. The directive given by the Governor for the demolition of the house used by the abductors is in line with provisions of the Benue State Law on prohib...
I’ll repeat again that Mr. President is the one creating insecurity in this country – Gov Ortom
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I’ll repeat again that Mr. President is the one creating insecurity in this country – Gov Ortom

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has restated his opinion that President Buhari is the one creating insecurity in the country. In a chat with journalists recently, Governor Ortom claimed that if the President decides to take a stand today, insecurity in the country will be a thing of the past. He also accused the advisers in the Presidency of causing Buhari the problems he is facing. In his words ''Right now, there is nothing in this country under this APC that we can say that they are getting it right. Is it security? How can Northern governors, Southern governors, National Economic Council, come out with a policy that will stop the killings that are going on in this country and the presidency will say that no, it will not accept that it must be open grazing? Where are yo...
Ortom Deserves Commendation Not Condemnation – Benue Govt Replies Garba Shehu
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Ortom Deserves Commendation Not Condemnation – Benue Govt Replies Garba Shehu

We read the statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to the President on media and publicity, mallam Garba Shehu in which he said President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed “his disappointment and sadness to hear Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State make a litany of accusations against his person and his government following the recent unfortunate incidents in the state”. Shehu was referring to Governor Ortom’s clarion call on the President to act decisively and in an unbiased manner to end the spate of killings by Fulani herdsmen in Benue and other parts of the country. We are convinced that Mr President was not aware that his aide Shehu made such a statement on his behalf. It is clear that the media aide didn’t speak for the President in the said statement. President Buhari...
Buhari Replies Ortom, Expresses Disappointment Over Governor’s Attack On Him
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Buhari Replies Ortom, Expresses Disappointment Over Governor’s Attack On Him

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari last night expressed disappointment over the attack on him by the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom. President Buhari also expressed his condolences to the families of Nigerians citizens who lost their loved ones in the recent spate of killings in the state. The President in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja stated that the rising levels of incidents, especially the killings and violence in various parts of the country calls for further collaboration with security agencies to curb its recurrence. According to the statement, “He (President Buhari) also states his disappointment and sadness to hear Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State make a litany of accusations against his per...
Buhari Is Working With Fulani To Take Over Nigeria – Ortom (Graphic Pics)
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Buhari Is Working With Fulani To Take Over Nigeria – Ortom (Graphic Pics)

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has accused the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), of working for the Fulani ethnic stock to take over Nigeria. Ortom spoke on Tuesday in reaction to the recent killing of residents allegedly perpetrated by herdsmen in parts of the North-Central state. He also lamented that no fewer than 70 people have been killed in the last two weeks in three local governments in the state. The governor, who said the killings cannot continue, said, “What is happening now, to me, is very clear; Mr President is just working for these Fulanis to take over the whole country. “His body language is what is being played out. The body language, the action and inaction of Mr President shows that he is only the President of Fulani people; I have k...
IDPs Block Makurdi-Lafia Highway, Protest Killing Of 7 By Herdsmen
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IDPs Block Makurdi-Lafia Highway, Protest Killing Of 7 By Herdsmen

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Abagana camp have blocked the Markurdi-Lafia Federal Highway protesting the recent killings by herdsmen and laying the corpses of the victims on the road. The suspected herdsmen on Tuesday morning invaded Abagana IDP camp killing seven persons and injuring about 15 of them. According to an eyewitness account present at the protest, the armed herdsmen stormed the host community heading to the IDP camp and started shooting at the people killing seven and leaving many others injured. The eyewitness warned that they will resort to arms to defend themselves if the Federal Government does not intervene. The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom during a visit to the scene of the protest challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to rise up to th...
Ortom Reacts As Rate Of HIV Drops From 12.9 To 4.7 Percent In Benue
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Ortom Reacts As Rate Of HIV Drops From 12.9 To 4.7 Percent In Benue

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has expressed delight over the sharp drop in the rate of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, which causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, AIDS, from 12.9 to 4.7 percent in Benue State. Ortom expressed his joy when the zonal Coordinator, North Central Zone of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, Mr Lawrence Kwaghga paid him a courtesy call at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi. The Governor, after being informed of the development, pledged his administration’s support for the agency to achieve more of its objectives. Governor Ortom pledged improved funding for the agency in the state, even as he acknowledged the support of donor agencies and development partners to the fight against the spread of the deadly scourge. Ear...
Konshisha Crisis: Ortom Apologizes To Families Of Slain Soldiers
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Konshisha Crisis: Ortom Apologizes To Families Of Slain Soldiers

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has apologized to the bereaved families of the 12 soldiers who were ambushed and killed about a week ago by armed bandits at Bonta community in Konshisha Local Government Area, LGA, of the state. The Governor also condoled President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief of Army Staff and the leadership of the armed forces in the country over the murder of the military personnel in the state. Speaking Monday at the funeral of the personnel at the Wurukum Military Cemetery in Makurdi the Governor who condemned the murder and described it as unfortunate promised to collaborate with the military to apprehend the masterminds of the dastardly act. “I condole Mr President who is the Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces, the Chief of Army Staff and indeed ...
You Are A Thorn In Fulani Flesh – Miyetti Allah To Governor Ortom
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You Are A Thorn In Fulani Flesh – Miyetti Allah To Governor Ortom

Alhaji Bello Bodejo is the President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural organization. In this interview, he registered his displeasure with the level of hatred his people have received from the Benue State government. Excerpts: Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, openly accused your association of trying to assassinate him. Is the allegation true? That allegation is unacceptable to us and we demand a thorough investigation to unravel the true situation. We have used all available media platforms to inform Nigerians that we were never behind the alleged attempted assassination of the governor, but he has continued to shout to the world that our people are behind the assassination attempt. The governor alleged that you and your people held a meeting in Adamawa...
We Want To Severe Links With Arewa — Middle Belt Forum
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We Want To Severe Links With Arewa — Middle Belt Forum

The Middle Belt Forum on Sunday faulted the recent attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State by alleged Fulani armed bandits, describing it as “a declaration of war.” The organization stressed that such assault was aimed at overwhelming “the Governor and the entire democratic structure in that state which is a coup d’état.” The MBF affirmed that the “indigenous peoples of the Niger Area and Benue Valley hereby give notice that it is no longer comfortable in the unhappy marriage for the convenience of the Arewa and is ready and prepared to forge ahead as an entity of its own or in alliance with other groups/regions who are prepared to cast off the chains of Fulani hegemony.” This was contained in a communique signed by the National President of the MBF, Dr. Pogu Bitrus and...
Update: Governor Ortom suspends traditional chief, youth groups over gruesome murder of widow
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Update: Governor Ortom suspends traditional chief, youth groups over gruesome murder of widow

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has ordered the suspension of a traditional chief, Ortar Agwa Mnyange Kwahar in Buruku Local Government Area of the state, all youth groups and their activities, over the gruesome murder of a widow. LIB reported that Mrs Becky Shaade Aondozungwe Nyihemba, was burnt alive in her home by suspected thugs in Mbagen community, Buruku Local Govt Area on March 5, 2021. The widow, a nurse by profession, had a week earlier raised the alarm about threat to her life by unknown persons for reasons she did not mention. The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mrs Ngunan Adingi, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday, March 27, said that the suspension of the chief followed the crisis in Mbatyough Council Ward, Mbagen ...
‘Miyetti Allah Planning To Eliminate Me’ – Ortom Cries To Buhari
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‘Miyetti Allah Planning To Eliminate Me’ – Ortom Cries To Buhari

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has accused the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, of planning to eliminate him. Ortom said the leadership of MACBAN targeted him and were planning to eliminate him. He spoke after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, on Tuesday. Governor Ortom disclosed that his lawyers would petition MACBAN’s leadership. “My lawyer is going to make a petition against the leadership of MACBAN because they came out to target me and behind the scene, they are planning to eliminate me in my own land. “If I can’t go to the farm as governor with entire security around me then who else can go to the farm? You can imagine the pains that we have here in Benue State,” Ortom stated. Gunmen suspected to be her...
Buhari Meets Ortom In Aso Rock
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Buhari Meets Ortom In Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with Benue Governor Samuel Ortom in the State House, Abuja over the recent attempt on his life by gunmen. Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Governor Ortom said he was pleased with President Buhari’s reaction to the development, adding they shared ideas on how to manage the crisis trailing the development.
Attack On Ortom: Three Suspects Arrested
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Attack On Ortom: Three Suspects Arrested

Three Jukun fishermen have been arrested by the police in connection with last Saturday’s attack on convoy of Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom along Tyo Mu, Makurdi. Security Adviser to Ortom, Col. Paul Hemba, confirmed the arrest while conducting newsmen round the scene of the attack on Tuesday. Hemba stated the police team found the fishermen close to the scene of the attack and are being investigated.
David Mark Condemns Attack On Ortom, Warns Of Impending Anarchy
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David Mark Condemns Attack On Ortom, Warns Of Impending Anarchy

Irked by the assassination attempt on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has tasked security operatives to step up to the challenges of securing lives and property to avoid the consequences of a resort to self-help. Senator Mark in a statement on Sunday said the deteriorating security situation has become scandalous and making Nigeria a subject of ridicule before other nations. Condemning the assassination attempt on Governor Ortom yesterday, Senator Mark frowned: “If a state Governor can be so brazenly attacked, what would they not do to the ordinary citizens. “ Let me state clearly that Benue people are receptive and accommodating. But this should not be misconstrued or mistaken for weakness. Enough of this malady. “If...
We Shall Assassinate You Soon – Fulani Milita Group, FUNAM To Ortom
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We Shall Assassinate You Soon – Fulani Milita Group, FUNAM To Ortom

Fulani group with the name, Fulani National Movement (FUNAM), has said it was responsible for the attack on the convoy of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Saturday. Ortom was attacked on Gboko Road by suspected Fulani militias who were dressed in black, while he was returning from his farm. Following the attack, the governor said, “You know today is Saturday and is normal as a farmer, I usually go to my farm, so I went to my farm along Gboko road and on our way back. “We started hearing some gunshots and we discovered people who were dressed in black and from experience we now discovered that these are Fulani militias and I do not want to take things for granted because a few days ago the media were awash with a statement from MACBAN who met in Yola, the same place they m...
PDP Governors Warn Highly-Placed Ministers Against Nigeria’s Distability
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PDP Governors Warn Highly-Placed Ministers Against Nigeria’s Distability

Governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party have alleged some ministers of surrendering to activities capable of causing distability in the country. They made the allegation in a statement titled ‘Attempt on governor Ortom, an invitation to anarchy: Enough is enough’ on Sunday. The statement was signed on behalf of the governors by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, who doubles as the Chairman, PDP Governors Forum. The governors warned the ministers against supporting actitivites that could lead to anarchy or distability in the country. The statement read, “The PDP-Governors Forum has received with shock the assassination attempt on the Governor of Benue State, H.E. Dr Samuel Ortom. “We wish therefore to warn that any attempt to harm any Ni...
Attack On Governor Ortom’s Convoy: IGP Orders Full Scale Investigations
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Attack On Governor Ortom’s Convoy: IGP Orders Full Scale Investigations

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered full-scale investigations into the circumstances surrounding the attack and reported attempt on the life of the Executive Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Chief Samuel Loraer Ortom, at his farm in the outskirts of Makurdi, the State Capital, on Saturday, 20th March, 2021. The IGP who condemned the incident, has equally directed the Commissioner of Police (CP), Benue State Command to take adequate measures towards strengthening and improving security in the State, particularly around the Governor. The IGP has also specifically directed the CP to carry out painstaking investigations into the incident and ensure the arrest and prosecution of persons indicted in the course of the investigations.
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Hold FG Responsible If Ortom Is Assassinated – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has warned that the Federal Government will be held responsible if his counterpart in Benue State, Samuel Ortom, is assassinated. He insisted that if Ortom was killed, the country would be plunged into another civil war. Wike spoke while reacting to attempt on Governor Ortom’s life by 15 gunmen, who reportedly trailed him to a river bank in Tyo Mu along Makurdi/Gboko road in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State on Saturday. Wike in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said: “If you kill Ortom, then be prepared to bury Nigeria. If anything happens to Governor Ortom, the Federal Government will be held responsible and they should be prepared that there will be no more Nigeria.” Wike recalled how a former G...
Gunmen Attack Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom’s convoy
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Gunmen Attack Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom’s convoy

Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked the convoy of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom today March 20. Governor Ortom's convoy was moving at Tyo Mu along Makurdi/Gboko road in Makurdi Local Government Area of the state when it was attacked. Briefing journalists, the governor who described the gunmen as ‘herdsmen’, said about 15 of the attackers trailed him to the river bank where he was on foot. He said he was saved by his security details who worked so hard to protect him and repelled the attack. “My lawyer is going to make a petition against the leadership of MACBAN because they came out to target me and behind the scene they are planning to eliminate me on my own land. If I can’t go to the farm as governor with entire security around me then who else can go to the f...
ACF Back Order To Shoot Herdsmen Carrying AK-47s
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ACF Back Order To Shoot Herdsmen Carrying AK-47s

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) have given full backing to the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that bandits bearing AK-47 should be shot on sight. The governor said the measure will reduce banditry, clashes between herders and farmers and other forms of criminality. The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) urged caution. Senior lawyers contacted by our correspondents kicked against the order for being contrary to the law and might lead to unintended consequences. All of them agree that it is illegal for anybody to carry an AK-47 rifle unless he is a security operative. Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President Garba Shehu told the BBC Hausa Service in an interview aired on Wednesday that the order showed the seri...
Governor Ortom Commends President Buhari On Order Against Herdsmen Bearing Guns
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Governor Ortom Commends President Buhari On Order Against Herdsmen Bearing Guns

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over his directive to security agents to shoot anyone illegally bearing AK47 rifle. The Governor gave the commendation today at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi when the Chairman Governing Board, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Professor Adamu Kyuka paid him a courtesy visit. Governor Ortom stated that the President’s order would reduce the level of criminality, banditary and militia herders' attacks on Benue communities as well as other parts of the country. According to the Governor, the order would also make the communities safer for displaced farmers to return to their ancestral homes. "I wish to commend Mr. President for his recent order against those bearing AK47 rifles. This I am s...
Governors Ortom & Bala Mohammed Reconcile After Fight Over AK-47 For Herders
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Governors Ortom & Bala Mohammed Reconcile After Fight Over AK-47 For Herders

The media fight between Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom and his Bauchi state counterpart, Bala Mohammed, over the bearing of AK47 rifles by herders appears to have become a thing of the past as their Rivers state counterpart, Nyesom Wike, reconciled them after a meeting initiated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital on Tuesday March 2, IgbereTV reports. The two governors have been in the news as they disagreed over the use of AK-47 rifles by herders. Recall that on February 12, Governor Mohammed had accused Governor Ortom of championing the campaign to criminalize the Fulani tribe. He also defended the use of AK47 rifles by herdsmen. According to him, the herdsmen deserve to carry rifles as the government has failed in th...
Saraki Mediates In Makinde, Fayose Feud, To Meet Ortom Mohammed
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Saraki Mediates In Makinde, Fayose Feud, To Meet Ortom Mohammed

Embarrassed by the bad publicity brought to the Peoples Democratic Party by the public spat between the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, and his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, the PDP Governors Forum as well as the Bukola Saraki-led National Reconciliation Committee, have stepped in to broker peace. Saturday PUNCH gathered in Abuja, on Friday, that both the PDP Governors Forum and the Saraki-led had reached out to the two governors to plead for a ceasefire while a meeting was being planned to get the two governors to settle their differences A top-ranking party source familiar with the issue explained that the party hierarchy was uncomfortable with the public spat which appears to be fuelling speculations by the ruling party and its supporters that the main opposi...
Miyyeti Allah Moves To Stop Cattle Sales To South, Threatens To Sue Ortom
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Miyyeti Allah Moves To Stop Cattle Sales To South, Threatens To Sue Ortom

The Bauchi State branch of the Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has threatened to stop its members from selling and supplying cattle to the South if the planned eviction of the Fulani herders by some governors comes into effect. MACBAN also threatened to drag the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to court if he fails to withdraw statements he made labelling Fulani herders. The Bauchi Chairman of MACBAN, Abubakar Sadiq, at a press conference in Bauchi, told reporters that, “Unless he immediately withdraws his statement, we will be left with no option other than legal means to clear the name of Fulani as an ethnic group.” He said the persecution being faced by Fulani herders started with Benue’s anti-open grazing law. He explained that, “Alth...
PDP Wades In, Calls For Calm In Bala Mohammed, Ortom’s Rift
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PDP Wades In, Calls For Calm In Bala Mohammed, Ortom’s Rift

@OfficialPDPNig assures that it has waded into the rift between Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed and his Benue State counterpart, Governor Samuel Ortom. The PDP calls for calm as the internal reconciliation mechanism introduced by the hierarchy of the party between the two governors subsists. The PDP however urges the Federal Government to take urgent steps to address the escalated security challenges in our country.
If Anything Happens To Me, Hold Gov Bala Mohammed Responsible – Ortom
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If Anything Happens To Me, Hold Gov Bala Mohammed Responsible – Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has alleged a threat to his life and has said that his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, should be held responsible if anything happens to him. Governor Ortom made the accusation while briefing journalists in Makurdi, Benue State capital, on Monday, February 22. His accusation comes barely a week after Governor Mohammed accused him of being behind the hatred against Fulanis in Nigeria. Governor Mohammed also threw his weight behind herdsmen who go around carrying AK47 rifles. Speaking at the press conference this afternoon, Governor Ortom accused Governor Mohammed of supporting illegal arms wielding foreign herdsmen. “I want to think that, with what he said and what those herdsmen wrote to me and said that they were going to assassinat...
Governor Bala Mohammed Is A Fulani Terrorist – Ortom
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Governor Bala Mohammed Is A Fulani Terrorist – Ortom

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday accused Bala Mohammed, Bauchi State governor, of being a terrorist. “I am beginning to think that my brother, the governor of Bauchi State is part of the terrorist Fulani organisation that is terrorising this country,” Ortom said while addressing journalists in Makurdi, Benue State capital. “Why do I say this? This is the same governor who took the oath of office to protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This constitution does not leave room for allowing foreign herdsmen to come in without valid papers,” he added. He also referred to the assertion by Mohammed that herders should carry AK-47 to defend themselves as being “unconstitutional.” “His recent outburst that Fulani herdsmen are justified for carrying A...
Insecurity: I Owe no one Apology for Speaking Truth to Those in Authority – Ortom
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Insecurity: I Owe no one Apology for Speaking Truth to Those in Authority – Ortom

  The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said he owes nobody any apology over his recent position on insecurity. Ortom said he would not be intimidated into shying away from telling Nigerians the truth on issue of insecurity. The governor spoke in his home town, Tse-Adorogo, Nzorov Council Ward of Guma Local Government Area, Local Government Area of the state Ortom reiterated his stance that on open grazing as a panacea to the crisis between farmers and herders. He said: “I have been agitating in the last five years that it is time to end open grazing in Nigeria to put an end to the herders crisis that has now snowballed into a major threat to national security. “By the grace of God we will get there and we will all be happier for it. And like I said at the ...
Miyetti Allah Commends Bauchi Gov for Defending Armed Herdsmen, Blasts Gov Ortom and Akeredolu
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Miyetti Allah Commends Bauchi Gov for Defending Armed Herdsmen, Blasts Gov Ortom and Akeredolu

Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Socio-Cultural Association, the umbrella body for Fulani community in Nigeria, has commended the Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, for defending herdsmen who go about carrying AK47. On Thursday, February 11, Governor Mohammed at a function said that Fulani herdsmen carry AK47 rifles to protect themselves since the government isn't protecting them. He accused Governor Samuel Ortom of not accommodating other tribes like the Fulanis in Benue state “The governor that is most wrong is the governor of Benue State, my brother, and colleague Governor Samuel Ortom. If you don’t accommodate other tribes, we are also accommodating your tribes in Bauchi and other places.  We have so many Tiv people farming in Alkaleri, in Tafawa Balewa, farming in Bogoro LG...
Gombe, Benue, Adamawa, Zamfara Ready To Receive Returning Herdsmen
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Gombe, Benue, Adamawa, Zamfara Ready To Receive Returning Herdsmen

The state governments in Gombe, Benue, Adamawa and Zamfara have signalled their preparedness to receive herdsmen relocating to the North. The Northerner Elders Forum had, in a statement issued on Friday by its Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, called on northern governors “to prepare to receive law-abiding Fulani herders who may be compelled to relocate to the North.” In a response, the Director General, Press Affairs, Gombe State Government House, Ismaila Misilli, said the state was ready to accommodate its citizens upon their decision to return home. Misilli said, “Anybody that is from our state and has gone anywhere to look for greener pasture and now, for his own reason, decides to come back home, we must receive him. He is our person, son or daughter...
‘Which Law Permits Herders To Carry AK-47?’ – Ortom Replies Bala Mohammed
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‘Which Law Permits Herders To Carry AK-47?’ – Ortom Replies Bala Mohammed

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom describes as disappointing, the comments made by his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed who blamed him for what he termed ‘negative perception of Fulani herders’ when he spoke on the current security situation in the country. While Governor Ortom will not want to join issues with the Bauchi State Governor, he finds it shocking that a colleague who took the oath of office as he also did, to protect and preserve the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, now takes the lead in violating provisions of the same Constitution by calling for lawlessness. He points out that the most shocking part of Governor Bala Mohammed’s statement was where he defended herdsmen for bearing arms saying “they have no option than to carry AK47 because the ...
Herdsmen crisis: Arrest, prosecute anyone found with arms – Presidency
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Herdsmen crisis: Arrest, prosecute anyone found with arms – Presidency

The Presidency has revealed the position of President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue of killer herdsmen in the country. Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said the president’s position is that those found with arms unlawfully should be arrested and prosecuted. Adesina disclosed this while responding to a question from Seun Okinbaloye on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today. According to Adesina: “If the governor would say he has not heard the president speak on that matter that is what he should make clear, it’s not that the president has not spoken. “Because a number of times the president has spoken on that issue and his position has always been the same, anybody who carries arms unlawfully should be arrested and prosecuted. The president ...
”If you Want Peace to Reign, Miyetti Allah Must be Arrested”- Benue state gov, Samuel Ortom, tells FG and Security agents
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”If you Want Peace to Reign, Miyetti Allah Must be Arrested”- Benue state gov, Samuel Ortom, tells FG and Security agents

Benue state governor, Samuel Oryom, has said that for peace to reign across the country, the Federal government and security agencies need to get the leadership of Miyetti Allah arrested. Governor Ortom who spoke during a meeting in his state today February 3, said the members of the group have owned up to carrying out nefarious activities and wonders why the Federal government is yet to act.   ''This country belongs to all of us and the presidency must act fast because time is going. From North West, North East, North Central, South West, South East, South South, there is general insecurity and this being propelled by herdsmen. I have made it a petition to the President and all security agencies before, that if they want peace, Miyetti Allah must be arrested. These are ...
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N10bn Libel Suit: Ortom Seeks Definite Hearing Against Oshiomhole

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Thursday, urged a Makurdi High Court to fix a date for definite hearing in his N10 billion libel suit against a former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole and the APC. Ortom sought for definite hearing against the former party chairman over his alleged unseriousness with an out-of-court settlement. The former APC Chairman had asked for an out-of-court settlement with Governor Ortom, a move which was communicated to the court on October 13, 2020. Consequently, the Presiding Judge, Justice Augustine Ityonyiman, had adjourned the case to October 29, 2020, for a report on the out-of-court settlement. But, after two adjournments, with the last one done on December 16, 2020, the case resumed Thursday for a rep...
Governor Ortom Tests Positive for COVID19
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Governor Ortom Tests Positive for COVID19

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has tested positive for COVID-19. The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Terver Akase, disclosed this in a statement released on Wednesday, January 27.   “The latest result of his (governor Ortom) COVID-19 test has returned positive. This follows the test results of most of the Governor’s close aides who also returned positive in the last few weeks. Though the Governor has not shown any symptoms of the disease, he has already commenced treatment as prescribed by medical personnel.”the statement read   Akase added the Governor Ortom has advised those who have come in contact with him in the last couple of days to go for a test immediately.
Governor Ortom Asks FG Not To Reverse Ban On Rice Importation
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Governor Ortom Asks FG Not To Reverse Ban On Rice Importation

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Monday, appealed to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to sustain the policy on the ban of rice importation and not succumb to any pressure. The governor made the appeal in Makurdi when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, paid him a courtesy visit. During the visit, Ortom said the state as the food basket of the nation, commended the president and the Federal Government for the policy which helped in boosting rice production and agriculture in general in the state. “The ban on rice importation remains a major milestone in the development of agriculture in Benue. We want to appeal to the Federal Government to continue with the policy. “There might be hardship for a little while but farmers...
Army Intercepted Gana Terwase Akwaza On His Way To Surrender – Ortom
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Army Intercepted Gana Terwase Akwaza On His Way To Surrender – Ortom

Samuel Ortom, Benue state governor, says Terwase Akwaza, better known as Gana, who is alleged to be the most wanted criminal in the state, was intercepted by the army on his way to surrender. Speaking with journalists on Tuesday after receiving some repentant criminals in the state, Ortom said he got a call that Gana was arrested in Gboko and immediately reached out to the army authorities. The governor wondered why the army would arrest Gana because the security agencies are aware of the state government’s amnesty programme. “It was around 4pm when we were waiting for the repentant militias that I received a call that Gana and others have been arrested close to Yandev roundabout in Gboko by soldiers,” he said. “Many of the repentant militias had weapons in which they were brin...
Army Kills Terwase “Gana” Akwaza Hours After Being Granted Amnesty By Benue Govt
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Army Kills Terwase “Gana” Akwaza Hours After Being Granted Amnesty By Benue Govt

The commander of Four Special Forces command, Doma local government area, Brigadier General Maude Ali Gadzama on Tuesday confirmed to Channels Television via telephone the killing of Terwase Akwaza, alias Gana. Gadzama revealed Gana was killed this evening in a firefight with military personnel. However, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, said soldiers snatched Gana from a government convoy of repentant militants in Gboko. Earlier on Tuesday, Gana, along with 172 militia boys, had reportedly surrendered amid traditional rulers, priests, and local government officials in Katsina-Ala local government in Benue. They were on their way to Makurdi when they were intercepted by military officials, Ortom said. In 2015, Gana was offered an amnesty but returned to his alleged cri...
Ortom Urges NASS To Reject Water Resources Bill
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Ortom Urges NASS To Reject Water Resources Bill

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has called on the National Assembly to reject the National Water Resources Bill in the interest of the country. Ortom said the bill which seeks to bring all water sources (surface and underground) as well as river banks under the control of the Federal Government through its agencies is anti-federalism and negates the right of Nigerians to their God-given resources. The Governor quoted Section 13 of the Bill, which states: “In implementing the principles under subsection (2) of this section, the institutions established under this Act shall promote integrated water resources management and the coordinated management of land and water resources, surface water and ground water resources, river basins and adjacent marine and coastal environment an...
Any Fulani Who Comes To Benue As Vigilante Will Go To Jail – Ortom
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Any Fulani Who Comes To Benue As Vigilante Will Go To Jail – Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday warned that he would use the rule of law to ensure that any Fulani herdsman who dared to come to the state for vigilante group was jailed. Recall that the Fulani organisation, Miyeitti Allah Kauta Hore, had at a press conference in Abuja recently, vowed to establish vigilante group in all states of federation to combat insecurity. In his response to this, Ortom through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, warned the Fulani organisation not to come to his state, adding that their motive was to carry their heinous activities to another level. The association, while also reacting to the statement, threatened to drag the governor and Benue State to court unless he retracted the statement But Ortom, while speaking with jo...
Governor Ortom Urges Voters To Leave Immediately After Voting As He Casts His Vote At The Benue LG Polls
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Governor Ortom Urges Voters To Leave Immediately After Voting As He Casts His Vote At The Benue LG Polls

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Saturday advised people who turned out to vote in the state Local Government Council elections on Saturday to leave the polling units as soon as they voted to guard against the spread of COVID-19. Ortom gave the advice on Saturday in Gbajimba, headquarters of Guma Local Government Area of the state after casting his vote at the LGEA Primary School polling unit, Gbajimba. “Vote and leave in order to give room for other electorate to also exercise their franchise. “The Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC) has directed that in order to guard against the spread of Covid-19 only 30 electorate will be allowed at the polling units at a time. “So, if you vote, you have to leave to allow others too to come and vote. “I have t...
Governor Ortom sends message to Benue workers
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Governor Ortom sends message to Benue workers

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has appreciated workers of the state for their commitment, understanding and cooperation particularly in the fight against COVID-19. Ortom in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Tever Akase, said workers in the state have demonstrated uncommon determination and professionalism in all sectors to support the State Government in taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the disease. He specially commended workers who are on essential duties such as health and other services for putting in extra hours daily to ensure that Benue does not have additional COVID-19 cases, after the index case. According to him, no amount of reward can adequately compensate the workers for their sacrifice to the state, and urges them to sustain that level ...
Benue: Gov. Ortom makes clarification on ‘hiring trucks to convey police officers’
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Benue: Gov. Ortom makes clarification on ‘hiring trucks to convey police officers’

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Saturday refuted a video claiming that he was responsible for hiring trucks that conveyed police constables from Enugu back to the State. A video had surfaced online wherein Ortom was said to have hired trucks to convey police recruits from Enugu State back to Benue State. However, Ortom’s Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase explained that the Governor only approved the request of the State Police Command for support to assist the constables from Nigeria Police Training School in Enugu State. The statement sent to DAILY POST described the video as an act of mischief and deliberate attempt to cast the governor in bad light. The statement reads: “We watched a video trending on social media in which those who shot it were heard claiming t...
30 Benue Doctors Display Sack Letters, Seek Governor’s Intervention (Photos)
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30 Benue Doctors Display Sack Letters, Seek Governor’s Intervention (Photos)

The 30 doctors allegedly sacked by the management of Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi displayed their sack letters earlier today Wednesday, as they called on the state Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom to intervene. In a press briefing with newsmen, the President of the Association of Resident Doctors in the institution said about 32 of their members were sacked by the management. According to her, the sack was not in accordance with the laws regulating Residency Training in Nigeria. She dispelled the statement of the hospital management who said they had not domesticated the Residency Training law in the hospital, hence were took their actions based on the hospital policy. The President said, "The Medical Residency Training Act (MRTA) was passed by the nationa...

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