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Benue govt suspends traditional ruler over complicity in subject’s death

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By Henry Iyorkase, Makurdi

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, at the weekend, slammed an indefinite suspension at the kindred head of Mbatyough Mbagen Council ward in Buruku local government area, Chief Mayange Kwahar, over alleged complicity in the murder of Mrs. Shaadye Nyihenmba, a senior staff member with the Buruku local government.

The widow died on March 5, 2021 when yet-to-be-identified arsonists set her home ablaze.  

Giving an update on the development, commissioner for information and culture Hon. Ngunan Addingi, disclosed after meeting with stakeholders in connection with the circumstances of the woman’s death in the vicinity.

According to him, after series of deliberations, involving stakeholders, Governor Ortom resolved to invoke Section 30 of the Benue Chieftaincy Law to suspend the monarch to pave the way for thorough scrutiny to unravel the truth of the matter. The governor equally banned activities of activities of Yamakem Youth Groups until further notice.

The commissioner disclosed that the governor further directed the immediate shutdown of a police station at Dyuwa until every documentation is completed for reopening in the community.  

“Let me reiterate against floating of parallel vigilante groups in the affected council wards, I must emphasise here that anyone found hosting such groups would be dealt with,” he said.

Addingi also added that Governor Ortom also warned Livestock Guards to restrict their operations within the mandate of the outfit which is primarily about preventing open grazing and rustling of animals, saying, any member of the Livestock Guards found operating outside the stipulated mandate would be expelled from the outfit.

He, however, enjoined the people, particularly youths, to shun acts inimical to peace and advised them to support the government to guarantee the safety of lives and property while providing development to the state.

He further charged traditional rulers to promote peace in their domains and amicably resolve communal disputes amongst subjects in their communities in the state.

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