- The governor of Benue state has joined Muslims around the world in celebrating sallah with members of his clan.
- Samuel Ortom has made a donation of N5 million, sacks of rice and other supplies to internally displaced people in his community
- Ortom encouraged the youth in the area to stay away from crime and illegal substances while engaging in hard work and self-development
In the spirit of Ramadan and Sallah Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom distributed over N5 million to his relatives in Nzorov, Guma Governorate of the state on Saturday April 30th.
The cash gifts , the governor said, are intended to enable them to join the Muslim community to celebrate Sallah.
A statement from Nathaniel Ikyur, Ortom’s chief press officer, said that the Relatives gathered at the governor’s residence in Gbajimba also 18,000 tubers Yam and 1200 sacks of rice were given to pigs to match the gifts of money.
Ortom addressed the vast crowd of his relatives, some of whom were expelled by the Fulani herdsmen, and said the gesture was his own little way of expressing gratitude for the blessings they had given him.
He noted that he could not do without the blessings and support of his relatives would have been able to weather the series of challenges he has encountered in his political journey.
While pledged his assistance at all times, the governor advised them, especially the younger ones to stay away from vices like drinking and smoking harmful substances in order to also be able to contribute positively to society.
He also condemned the ongoing attacks and killings of people , including security guards, by Fulani-Hi rten, stressing that the time has come for everyone to stand up and defend against the attackers.
Mandate to protect life and property in Benue
Ortom claimed that his government has not relaxed in its efforts to protect them.
< p class="align-left">According to him, both the Livestock Guards and the Community Volunteer Guards were established by law, to complement conventional security agencies.
In his remarks, outgoing Guma LGA Chairman Caleb Aba and Ter Guma, Chief Dennis Shemberga, recognized the infrastructure development that the Gov electrification of roads and rural areas in the area.
They praised him for standing steadfastly against the shepherds’ invasion.
Leader of Hunters and rangers in trouble after the governor issued an arrest warrant for shaving a hair r woman issued
The Benue state government had fined a young lady for shaving her hair by some hunters and forest wardens in the state.
Ortom said that his administration is not part of the illegality perpetrated by these hunters and forest wardens.
The governor also ordered the Benue State Police Commissioner to call the leaders of those who are the Lady’s hair shaved, to be arrested immediately.
Ortom denies having borrowed N160M from Benue’s former chief of staff for his 2015 election
A former’s allegation Benue State Chiefs of Staff claim the governor borrowed money for his campaign has been refuted.
Terwase Orbunde has claimed he invested N160 million in governor Ortom’s 2015 campaign .
Orbunde demanded the return of the investment and said he needed the money to solve some of his pressing family problems.