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Attack on Ortom is attack on all of us – Tiv, Idoma, Igede groups



Attack on Ortom is attack on all of us – Tiv, Idoma, Igede groups

A coalition of three main socio-cultural groups in Benue State, Mdzough U Tiv, Ochetoha K’ Idoma and Omi Ny’Igede, has lambasted some top political players who are allegedly sponsoring attacks on Governor Samuel Ortom with the aim of tarnishing his image.

The group which represent the three major ethnic groups in the state described Governor Ortom as a man of courage stating that the governor’s criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari was for justice, equity and fairness for all Nigerians.

This was contained in a statement issued and made available to us on Friday by, CP Iorbee Ihagh (rtd) Chairman of the three groups.

The statement reads in full, “We have watched in disbelief, the organized and sustained campaign of hatred and vilification being sponsored in the media against Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom by enemies of the State. No day passes without one press statement or another targeted at tarnishing the image of the Governor and his office.

“Those tasked with the responsibility of vilipending and disparaging the Governor have stopped at nothing in their unholy mission to put his name in disrepute.

“We as leaders of the three main socio-cultural groups in Benue State – Mdzough U Tiv, Ochetoha K’ Idoma and Omi Ny’Igede, want to make it abundantly clear to those casting aspersions on our Governor that they are up against the entire people of Benue State. Any attack on Ortom is an attack on all of us. We will not fold our arms to watch anyone unbraid our Governor in the manner that such groups are doing.

“Let it be on record that Governor Samuel Ortom has the mandate of Benue people to speak on our collective behalf. He does not speak for himself. We popularly elected him on two occasions, 2015 and 2019 to be our Governor and he has discharged the responsibility efficiently. We the people of Benue State are satisfied with the performance of the Governor this is why stakeholders in the state have on different occasions passed a vote of confidence on him. We don’t need anyone living in Abuja to school us on the Governor’s performance.

“The Governor is in constant touch with Benue people and he gets maximum support from the people on matters of governance. We will no longer take the unprovoked media attacks on the person and office of the Governor!

“We must warn in particular, sons of Benue who have joined forces with our enemies to denigrate Governor Ortom and the state in general. Such individuals should know that their acts of betrayal may be forgiven but never forgotten, and history will judge them accordingly.

“They have introduced a false line of narrative that the Governor hates President Muhammadu Buhari and sees nothing good in the President. For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Ortom does not hate Mr President. The Governor is a man who stands for justice, equity and fairness for all Nigerians. He is quick to commend the President whenever he does the right thing but owes no one apology when he constructively criticizes the Presidency and some persons find his statements unpalatable.

“We advise the Presidency to learn to accommodate alternative views from citizens. No government has a monopoly of ideas. The Buhari Presidency has so far demonstrated bias in its handling of very sensitive issues bordering on national cohesion and his administration appears unperturbed about the increasing tempo of agitations for the breakup of the country.

“We expect the Federal Government to be concerned and worried over the millions of Nigerians who are displaced by killer herdsmen and are now living in makeshift camps? Shouldn’t the Federal Government be concerned about ending the spate of killings across the country? Why have security agencies not been directed to arrest even one leader or Miyetti Allah groups who have on several occasions claimed responsibility for the attacks and killings?

“Instead of embracing ranching which is the global best practice of animal husbandry, the Buhari Presidency is busy trying to establish grazing reserves and cattle routes across the country in this century when nations of the world have long abandoned open grazing.

“If Mr President had invested time, energy and emotions into addressing insecurity as he has done in providing cattle routes, grazing reserves and Ruga for herders, Nigeria under him would have gotten to its destination in terms of development.

“It is disheartening that the Presidency has raised a horse-whip on harmless citizens who express their disappointment in the way the country is being run instead of raising the same whip against killer Fulani herdsmen and other terrorists.

“Men of courage like Governor Ortom who have chosen to serve as the conscience of the nation deserve to be commended rather than condemned.

“Lastly, we must reiterate our firm stand behind our Governor to continue to be the voice of the voiceless. Nigeria belongs to all its people. Let no individual or group treat others as second class citizens in their own country”.

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Cholera outbreak in Cross River Community claims 51 lives



The death toll from the Cholera outbreak in Ekureku, Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, has risen from 20 on Saturday to 51 on Monday.

Bernard Egbe, the clan head of the community, stated this when he received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Sandy Onor, who was in the community to sympathise with them.



The clan chief, who described the situation as unfortunate, stated that many people infected with the disease were being treated at various health facilities in the area.

He went on to say that four of the victims being treated were in critical condition.

He stated that they had received assistance from WHO, UNICEF, and state government officials.

The cholera outbreak, which began on Thursday, affected ten villages in the Ekureku clan, he said.





Mr Onor, the PDP governorship candidate, said he felt the people’s pain but urged them to remain hopeful.

He stated that if elected, he would ensure that the people of the state have safe drinking water.
He gave cash as a consolation prize to each of the Ekureku community’s ten affected villages.




Meanwhile, Janet Ekpeyong, the Director-General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stated on Sunday that the state government is on top of the situation.





She stated that the government had used both human and material resources to stop the spread of the disease.

“The state Government has deployed a response team together with representatives from the World Health Organisation, the Nigerian Red Cross and Wash Programme.






“The combined team have all intervened accordingly and helped to save lives and prevent further spread of the disease,” she stated.







A case of the disease has also been reported in a remote village in the state’s Odukpani Local Government Area.

Iwara Iwara, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.







Mr Iwara stated that the outbreak was reported on Sunday night and that the government had sent men and materials to the area.






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Currency hawkers selling scarce new naira notes at party venues.



Despite complaints that several bank branches had run out of the small quantities of the newly redesigned naira notes allocated to them by their head offices as early as 12 noon on Thursday, large wads of the new notes have saturated party venues, with hawkers charging N200 on N1,000.





On Thursday and Friday, journalists who visited banking halls in several cities across the country, particularly Lagos and Abuja, confirmed that there was a limited supply of the redesigned notes, as bank tellers mixed a few notes with the old ones for over-the-counter withdrawals, while automated teller machines continued to dispense old bank notes.






Further investigation revealed that several bank branches had yet to receive their new note allocations, with many bank officials informing our correspondents that the new notes were still on their way.

On the other hand, at a party in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday, a woman was seen freely hawking newly redesigned wads of N200 bank notes.







However, officials at some of the bank branches that still had the new notes told reporters that each cashier was given N100,000 of the new N1,000 for onward disbursement to customers seeking over-the-counter payments, and that they do not yet have the N500 and N200 denominations.








Customers were also seen depositing old bills over the counter, while cashiers at bank branches were handing out more old naira notes.

Central Bank of Nigeria had earlier clarified on its website under currency management, that it is against the law to sell currency banknotes.








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6 people dead, 25 injured in a ghastly road accident in Kogi state.



The Kogi Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed that six people were killed and 25 others were injured in an accident on the Okene-Ogori road on Saturday.

Mr Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander in Lokoja yesterday, revealed that the lone accident involved an articulated vehicle carrying 45 people and cows.






According to the sector commander, the accident occurred around noon and killed some of the cows.

The victims of the accident were taken to Ageva General Hospital in Okene, Ajunko Clinic and Maternity in Ibilo, and Ogbagidi General Hospital in Okene, according to Dawulung.






He said: “When the accident, which involved an IVECO trailer conveying cows and 45 persons down South, occurred by a graveyard just a few kilometres to Ogori Magongo along Okene-Ogori road, Kogi, our officers and men were timely in response to it.”

“Our officers in conjunction with the Police and military personnel came to the rescue and rushed the injured to four different medical centres for medical treatment. The corpses of the dead have also been deposited at the morgue of the Ageva General Hospital, Okene.”







The accident, according to Dawulung, was caused by speed, which was uncontrollable at “a sharp bend.”

The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.











The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.

He defined mixed loading as the loading of goods and passengers in trucks and other vehicles designed solely to transport goods.

He advised motorists to maintain strict adherence to road traffic regulations at all times in order to avoid such calamitous incidents.










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