Killers Of My Aide Will Never Go Unpunished – Ortom

The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has said he will not rest until those who masterminded the assassination of his aide are brought to book.

Ortom who insisted that he will ensure the killers go unpunished, described the ugly incident as not just sad but a deliberate ploy to destabilise his administration.

It would be recalled that Dr. Tavershima Adyorough, who is a Principal Special Assistant to the governor on Knowledge Economy and Investment was shot dead in the early hours of Sunday by unknown gunmen.

However, returning from China during a vacation to inspect industrial equipment, Ortom while fielding questions from newsmen in Abuja said the killing of his aide is a dastardly act, that must be investigated with a view to unraveling the killers.

“My aide was killed, I feel so sad. While I was away, I received the sad news about the brutal assassination of my personal aide, someone who is very close to me, Dr. Tavershima Adyorough. He worked with me while I served as the Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was my assistant and I found him worthy when I won election.

“He is someone who was knowledgeable and well learned and for him to have been assassinated at this time in the history of state and country where we need people with broad knowledge to support us to succeed in our hard times, I feel very sad and this is something I am not going to take lightly, I have already spoken with security agencies; they should fish out the killers because this cannot be allowed to continue,” Ortom stated.

On his industrialisation trip to China, Ortom explained that the journey was a huge success. “The principal reason I went there was to interact with Chairman Wu; Wu is the core investor to Ngamale Cement factory in Benue State. We inherited the project, it started around 2004 during Senator George Akume’s tenure, it continued during Suswam and when I came in I discovered it was a very viable project and we have done everything needed on the part of government to ensure that this project takes off but unfortunately, there has been delay from the core investor on the shipping of the equipment. “

Benue Gov’s Aide Killed In Makurdi

Gunmen on Sunday broke into the residence of the Principal Special Assistant on Knowledge Economy and Investments to Benue State Governor, Dr Tavershima Adyorororough, and killed him.

According to sources, the unknown gunmen, around 12:30 a.m., on Sunday stormed his residence at Nyinma layout in Makurdi, Benue State capital where they shot at the man and his wife.

The deceased and family were said to have retired to bed when the assailants invaded the house and shot him dead while his wife was rushed to an undisclosed hospital where she is receiving treatment.

The state governor, Samuel Ortom has demanded the arrest and prosecution of the killer of his aide.

In a press statement issued and signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase, on Sunday, Benue government confirmed that Dr Adyororough was shot and killed by gunmen who invaded his residence.

Governor Ortom described the killing as unacceptable and condemnable, requesting security agencies to swing into action immediately so as to arrest those responsible for the dastardly act.

He described the deceased as a competent and dependable aide who delivered on assignments with dedication and honesty.

He sympathized with the immediate family of the deceased, the government and people of the state on the loss and pledges that he would support security agencies in apprehending the culprits.

He urged those with useful information that can lead to the arrest to make same available.

It will be recalled that the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on security matters was gruesomely murdered in 2016 at his residence along Mobile Barracks, Makurdi.

Efforts to get the reaction of police are not successful as Benue command Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Moses Yamu did not pick the call put across to his line.

Who Can Rescue Education In Benue State?

Sir: The ongoing administration in Benue State under the leadership of Governor Samuel Ortom currently owes primary school teachers 11 months salaries, secondary school teachers five months salaries and the state own university is presently on strike due to the laxity of the state government towards the education sector in the state. Education is an essential thing in every society because it brings development. Therefore, any government that cannot take the education sector seriously thereby giving urgent attention to it in order to address issues affecting the progress of the sector within her area of control, such a government is of no value to the society and the people who represent the government in that society should be sent packing.

It is a surprise that the administration is still blaming the previous government for her inability to move the state forward instead of concentrating and making good use of the available resources in the way that can bring positive change in the state. It is very unfortunate that the state governor is using the salaries and allowances of the workers in the state to expand his personal businesses and nobody is saying anything about it. Immediately after the arrival of Samuel Ortom as the state governor, the public institutions in the state especially schools are going down but his Oracle farm business is expanding ceaselessly but the majority of the people are not noticing it.

 

It should be noted that the Federal Government has released the bailout funds to the ongoing administration in the state under the watch of Governor Ortom to pay all the outstanding salaries and allowances of the workers in the state but the funds were diverted or rather, embezzled. Despite that, there have been other funds given to the government in the state by the Federal Government to enable her to pay all her debts but still, the debts are still accumulating. Yet, the current government in the state is still blaming the previous administration as if the previous administration is responsible for the diversion or embezzlement of the bailout funds and other funds released to her by the Federal Government to pay the outstanding salaries and allowances of the workers in the state. Now, education sector in the state is dying gradually and the ongoing administration in the state is watching helplessly. Surprisingly, the government is still talking and planning of holding back the power in 2019 even with her obvious display of incompetence.

At this point, let me remind the present government in the state that the former administration was kicked out of the power for owning only four months salaries and allowances of the workers in the state but in her case, it is even more than four months. Therefore, my advice is that the current administration should start preparing her things now to enable her to get out of the government house in 2019 without forgetting anything there except, her plan is to change for good within the remaining years or to manipulate 2019 coming elections in the state in her favour.

 

 

 

 

Source: The Guardian

Ortom Restates Commitment To Probe Of Suswam, Says He Owes It To The People

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue on Monday restated his determination to probe the administration of his predecessor, Mr Gabriel Suswam.

Ortom announced this in Makurdi while swearing in three new Special Advisers and said that probing Suswan was one of his responsibilities to people of the state.

According to him, people of Benue voted me into office because of my pledge during the electioneering that I will correct all the wrongs in Suswam’s administration.

“Those who stole public funds must return it or risk going to jail; government has overwhelming evidence against those indicted in the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry setup by the state.

“Probing the past administration is part of my responsibility to Benue people; the people voted me because of my pledge to correct all the wrongs in the administration of Suswam.

“We must recover all stolen funds in Benue and develop the state with it. We have a lot of evidence against those indicted in the report of the judicial commission of inquiry.

“During my campaign, I told the people that I was going to check and boldly correct all the wrongs in Suswam’s administration.

“My actions in office will determine whether I will win a second tenure or not; 2019 will take care of itself, “ he said.

Ortom charged the new advisers to steer clear of public funds and dare not to convert funds meant for the execution of projects for service delivery and the people’s welfare into private pockets.

“We must be conscious that by probing the previous administration today, ours shall be probed tomorrow,“ he stated.

The new advisers were Mr Matthew Mnyam, Mr Benjamin Ashaver and Mr Richard Gbaden, bringing the total of advisers to the governor to 20.

Agatu Killings: Senator David Mark Alleges Genocide Against His Constituents

The immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has described as barbaric, wicked and inhuman the massive attacks and destruction of lives and properties in Agatu local government area of Benue State by armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

He said: “I’m shocked beyond words at the extent of destruction I have seen here in Agatu today. This is unbelievable. It is unimaginable. Nothing whatsoever justifies this brazen act of destruction meted out on the people of Agatu. My heart bleeds.”

Senator Mark, who was on assessment tour of the war ravaged communities along with some members of the National and state Assembly from his Benue South constituency, urged security operatives to do all that was needed to bring the perpetrators to book.

The Senator was of the view that the attacks could not have happened by accident, but a planned and orchestrated genocide against his people of Agatu.

About 10 communities have been raze down to the rubbles, while no fewer than 300 lives have been lost to the recent hostilities.

Some of the villages visited by Senator Mark and his team have been deserted and virtually turned into ghost towns.

The villages are totally bereft of any social or economic activities. All the primary and post primary schools, health centres , worship centres as well as the police station in the area have been burnt down.

What is left of a hitherto boisterous Agatu communities of Aila, Akwu, Adagbo, Okokolo, Ugboju, Odugbeho, Ogbaulu, Egba and Obagaji are the debris of the wreckage.

Mark, however, told the handful of survivors of the attacks to remain calm and law abiding no matter the level of provocation just as assured that the government would intervene to bring succour to them.

Senator Mark advised the people to take advantage of the proposed public hearing by the joint Senate committee on the crisis to bring the matter to public domain and seek redress.

Only last week Senator Mark through a community leader and former commissioner in Benue state Chief John Ngbede distributed relief materials to the survivors .

The former Senate President had counselled the handlers of the relief materials not to discriminate among political party faithful in the distribution of the relief materials, but to ensure that every one benefited, irrespective of party affiliation.

Items distributed included but not limited to mattresses, bags of rice, salt, indomie noodles, clothes as well as toiletries.

Senator Mark also visited one of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps located in Apa local government area, where he counselled the victims to remain calm as authorities would do the needful to ameliorate their situation.

Some of the survivors and community leaders, including Haruna Bawa from Odugbeho, Yakubu Ameh from Adagbo, Stephen Mathew from Aila and Aduba Abraham from Okokolo in their separate remarks alleged that the Fulani herdsmen invaded their communities shooting and killing every thing on sight.

They, therefore, pleaded with the state and federal governments to intervene and help rebuild the wrecked villages and rehabilitate the survivors.

They lamented that besides the dead, a handful of survivors had lost all means of livelihood, submitting that “life is now worthless here”.

Buhari Orders Investigation Of Benue Violence

The federal government of Nigeria has ordered an immediate investigation into the latest killings in Agatu, Benue State by suspected Fulani cattle rearers.

A statement on Sunday by Presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, said President Buhari expressed deep shock at the latest incidents during the past week, which had led to hundreds of deaths in four communities in Agatu, Benue State.

He ordered security agencies to get to the root causes of the problem.

“We will act immediately. We will conduct an investigation to know exactly what happened. The only way to bring an end to the violence once and for all is to look beyond one incident and ascertain exactly what factors are behind the conflicts,” he said.

President Buhari stressed that all Nigerians must learn to live together as one, in peace and unity.

He said, “We are all one nation and one people. There should not be any reason why Nigerians of any group or tongue cannot now reside with one another wherever they find themselves after decades of living together.”

The President further expressed condolences to the government and people of Benue State, particularly the people of the Agatu communities, assuring them that the government would do everything possible to ensure that no such incident ever occurred in their midst again.