Governor Ortom suspends traditional chief, youth groups over gruesome murder of widow

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has suspended the Ortar Agwa Mnyange Kwahar of Mbatyough Council Ward, Mbagen, Buruku LGA of the state 

The publicity was made following the murder of late widow Mrs Shaade Becky Aondozungwe Nyihemba who was hacked to her untimely death by unknown youths believed to be from there area Read more here 


According to a statement by Mrs. Ngunan Adingi Benue State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism Saturday, March 27 the suspension of chief Agwa Mnyange Kwahar of Mbatyough includes all the youths of the area from participating in all state activities concerning their hierarchy 

The statement stated:

"As a result of the recent crisis in Mbatyough Council Ward, Mbagen in Buruku Local Area of Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom, after a meeting with the Tor Jemgbagh, HRH Chief Afatyo Ajoko, Ter Buruku HRH Moses Hanior, Mue Ter HRH Tivfa Addingi, the kindred heads in the wards and elders from other areas of Benue, the House yesterday, 26th March, 2021, took the following measures to end the skirmishes.

1. Ortom condemned the gruesome manner that a widow, Mrs Becky Aondozungwe Nyihemba was murdered by unknown criminals and ordered that full investigation be carried out by the Police and DSS to find out those behind the dastardly act for prosecution.

2. The Governor directed that Zaki Ortar Agwa Mnyange Kwahar be suspended according to Section 30 of the Benue State Chieftaincy Law, to pave way for investigation into his role in the crisis at Mbatyough, Mbagen Council Ward.

3. All youth groups in Yemakem were banned with immediate effect. All activities of Yamakem youth association were also suspended indefinitely.

4. The Governor said police personnel at the donated police station in Diwa, Mbatyough Council Ward would be withdrawn immediately and the police station shut down until proper documentation is completed.

5. Governor Ortom warned against floating of parallel Vigilante groups in the council wards and emphasized that anyone found hosting such groups would be sanctioned.

6. The Governor cautioned Benue Livestock Guards to restrict their operations within the mandate of the outfit which is primarily about preventing open grazing and rustling of animals. He warned that any member of the Livestock Guards found operating outside the stipulated mandate would be expelled from the organization.

7. Traditional rulers were told to promote peace and security meetings in their domains to settle communal disputes.

8. Governor Ortom encouraged Benue people, particularly youths to shun acts inimical to peace and support the government to guarantee the safety of lives and property while providing development to the state.

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