Benue State Security outfit: Ortom unveils Community Volunteer Guards; purchase AK-47, others for outfits

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday unveiled the state’s security outfit known as Community Volunteer Guards. The new recruits were unveiled during the passing out parade held at IBB Square, Makurdi. Ortom pledged that his administration would legally procure AK-47, AK-49, and other sophisticated weapons for the group. He further said that 500 personnel drawn from the 23 local government areas of the state were recruited in the first batch. The governor said that his administration decided to constitute the security outfit due to the failure of the Federal Government…

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2023 Presidency: Ortom finally declares support for Atiku after criticising PDP publicly

Governor Samuel Ortom, of Benue State, has finally declared his support for Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This comes following the suspicion that the governor might dump the PDP due to his recent criticisms of the party. Recall that in June, Ortom called out the leadership of the opposition party for allegedly betraying Governor Nyesom Wike, of Rivers State. Wike, who lost the PDP presidential primaries to Atiku Abubakar in May, was reportedly angry about what played out during the conduct of the primary…

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2023: Gov. Ortom wants Obi to reach out to Atiku, Tinubu, others

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has called on all presidential candidates for the 2023 general elections to harmonise their thoughts in order to proffer lasting solutions to the crises bedeviling the country. Ortom said this during an interview on a television programme, yesterday. The governor stressed that the problems in the country at the moment should be approached beyond partisan interests. He took a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for taking the country to the nadir of despair. On why he was absent in the just-concluded governorship…

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‘PDP zoning panel did not throw open presidential ticket’ – Ortom

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has debunked the report that the zoning committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has thrown open the presidential ticket of the party. Ortom, who is the chairman of the zoning committee of the PDP, disclosed this yesterday, in an issued statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur. The governor said the panel has submitted its recommendation to the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party for further action, adding that he was misquoted on the matter. He said, “I want to clear the…

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Benue: Ortom reacts as NAF security personnel allegedly prevents him from receiving Osinbajo

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has condemned in very strong terms the action of security personnel at the main entrance of Air Force Base in Makurdi, the State capital. It was gathered that the governor was yesterday allegedly denied entrance at the gate of the Nigerian Air Force Base by security personnel on his way to receive Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. The Vice President was on his way to Wukari, Taraba State, en route to Benue State to attend the convocation of the Federal University, Wukari. Speaking to newsmen shortly…

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“Nigerians must take the bull by the horns to defend the soul of the nation” – Gov Ortom

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has charged Christians including all and sundry to take the bull by the horns to join forces and defend the soul of Nigeria and its unity. Ortom, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Religious Affairs and Civil Society, Pastor Blessed Ona, at the book presentation of the Archbishop of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and the Bishop of Ibadan-North Diocese, Most Reverend Dr. Segun Okubadejo, at Premier Hotel, Ibadan Oyo State, adding that, “Nigeria belongs to all of us and…

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‘Worst military government better than Buhari’s regime’ – Ortom

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has taken a swipe at the All Progressives Congress, (APC), saying the worst military government Nigeria has ever had is better than the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. Fielding questions from newsmen on arrival from Abuja at the Makurdi airport yesterday, governor Ortom noted with sadness that Buhari-led APC is the only one where there are wanton killings, kidnapping and raping of innocent citizens with reckless abandon. “How can Benue citizens who were going for National Youth Service Corps., (NYSC), will be intercepted by…

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‘Fulanisation’ of Nigeria theory: “Ortom not the propounder, but proponent” – Benue Tiv group

A group in Benue State under the aegis of MINDA (Masev, Ihyarev, Nongov Development Association), Strategic Contact Group (MSCG), has lamented that the state governor Samuel Ortom was being villified for being the propounder of the theory of the Fulani “revival of the1804 Sokoto Jihad” as well as the “Islamisation and Fulanisation” of Nigeria. The group however argued that the State governor, Samuel Ortom, did not propound the theories, but rather, he has always been an advocate of actions to be taken to address the farmers/herders conflict. MSCG, a self-acclaimed…

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Benue: Gov Ortom institutes N60 billion suit against Akume for libel

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom yesterday instituted a N60 billion suit against Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, at the Makurdi High Court. In the suit, filed by Okon N. Efut, (SAN) and four other lawyers, Gov. Ortom is seeking N50 billion as general damages for libel and N10 billion as exemplary and aggravated damages. The writ of summons was backed by a 17-paragraph statement of claim. In the statement of claim, Governor Ortom is seeking a declaration that the text of Senator Akume’s press conference…

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Insecurity: Akume, APC leaders demand state of emergency in Benue

Minister for Special Duties, George Akume and other leaders of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), in Benue have urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the State. Akume, who spoke on behalf of APC leaders in the State at a media briefing in Abuja, on Monday, said that the call was hinged on the fact that Governor Samuel Ortom had lost control of the security situation in the State. The party leaders condemned what it described as the governor’s “penchant for verbally attacking” the President, Muhammadu…

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