Monday, 5 October 2015

Benue Chiefs Allege Threat to Their Lives

Members of the Benue State Council of Chiefs (BSCC) on Saturday alerted the state government of threats to their lives and urged for improved security in their domain to ensure their safety.

They stated this in Makurdi at a meeting convened by the state government, presided over by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Titus Zam.

Speaking on behalf of the paramount rulers which had among them the second class chiefs from all the 23 Local Government Areas of the state, the Ter Ushongo, Ambrose Iortyer and the paramount ruler of Apa, Chief John Antenyi noted that most of the chiefs were under threat from their subjects.

Iortyer cited a recent incident where one of his chiefs was shot and killed while those suspected to be responsible for the attack were yet to face prosecution. The chiefs further urged the state government to restore police orderlies that were hitherto attached to them but recently withdrawn by the authorities.

Speaking to the gathering, Zam who noted the observation of the paramount rulers, said he was under instruction from Governor Samuel Ortom to revive the forum which last met 16 years ago.

He said the stay of action on the new Benue state chieftaincy law was in no way intended to slight anyone but ensure that things were done in accordance with the rule of law.

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