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Ortom’s CoS, Orbunde suspends campaign ahead of 2023.


The governor said that what is needed at the moment is concentration to deliver quality service..

Mr Terwase Orbunde, Chief of Staff to Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue, says he has suspended his campaign for the Government House in 2023, incompliance with the directive of the governor.


This is contained in a statement by Orbunde on Saturday in Makurdi.

“On Wednesday, Feb. 3, my principal and Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue, directed that all his appointees nursing political ambition to succeed him in 2023 should put such on hold until the appropriate time or resign.

“The governor said that what is needed at the moment is concentration to deliver quality service to the people of the state so as to justify his second term mandate.


“Politicking by my aides at this time constitutes a distraction,” he said.

Orbunde said that as someone who believed that power comes from God, he had accepted to comply with the directive.

“I accept to comply with Ortom’s directive as my principal and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“I appreciate the enviable vantage position in which the governor has graciously put me to make inputs into his administration which I have been privileged to make since 2015.


“I wish to utilise the opportunity given to me by stretching my capacities to the fullest, at the moment to assist Ortom in his efforts to develop the state until that appropriate time,” he said.

He appealed for understanding and support from those who wished him well in the light of the development.



Newly sworn in Benue health commissioner is dead


The source added that Ikwulono had attended the last week’s State Executive Council meeting before he went for the surgery that claimed his life.

The Benue State Commissioner for Health and Human Resources, Dr Emmanuel Ikwulono is dead.

He was sworn in to office on August 5, 2020, barely three months ago.

The now deceased commissioner was a replacement of Dr Sunday Ongbabo who had earlier resigned his appointment from the State Executive Council.

His death as announced on Radio Nigeria, Harvest FM located in Makurdi occurred in Jos, the Plateau State capital where he was taken to for medical attention.

His family is yet to comment.

But a source from Government House, Makurdi said the commissioner died from complications of surgery for a yet-to-be ascertained ailment in an undisclosed hospital.


Breaking: Gov, Ortom react to tragedic missing manhood in Benue


According to him, the claims were only meant to encourage hatred and underdevelopment of the area.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has dismissed rumours of the alleged disappearance of male genitals through mystical powers in the State.

Reports from Noble Reporters Media reveal that the alleged claims had led to acts of arson in Daudu in the Guma Local Government Area of the State.

Reacting, Ortom said such rumours was “baseless and the handiwork of mischief makers.”

Ortom, who refuted the claims when he visited Daudu in Guma Local Government Area, where the alleged genital disappearance occurred, explained that “there was no single confirmed case of the incident”.


He expressed regrets that while the people had yet to recover from the effects of herders’ attacks, “it was unthinkable for the youth in the area to embark on destruction of property for a nonexistent disappearance of genital organs”.

The governor, who requested those with complaints of missing genital organs to present themselves for physical examination, only one person turned out but could not prove his claim of genital disappearance hence his male organ was still intact.

Ortom appealed to the people to refrain from resorting to jungle justice and to report all criminal activities to the security agencies.


Benue police remands lawmaker in prison over child conspiracy, kidnap.


A Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court presided over by Mr Isaac Ajim on Friday remanded the lawmaker representing Katsina-Ala East state constituency in the Benue State House of Assembly, Honourable Jonathan Agbidye in prison custody for alleged criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and kidnapping.

Agbidye of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was remanded with one Denen Zuamo of Katsina-Ala town for the alleged offence.

Earlier, the police prosecutor, Fidelis Ogbobe told the court that on May 22, 2018, a Toyota Hilux van with registration number SWA-215-FM and other valuables belonging to Apin Public Health Initiatives was snatched at gunpoint along Katsina-Ala -Tordonga road in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of the state to an unknown destination.

He said that during police investigation, the duo was arrested with the said vehicle was re-registered as MKD-992-AD in Makurdi.


The prosecutor said a further investigation by the police revealed that Hon. Agbidye, Zuamo and others now at large conspired and belonged to a gang of armed robbers and terrorists headed by the notorious and wanted kingpin, Terwase Akwaza alias ‘Ghana’ who snatched, robbed and abducted the staff of Apin Public Health Initiatives.

The lawmaker representing Katsina Ala East state constituency in the Benue State House of Assembly, Honourable Jonathan Agbidye being taken to prison custody for alleged criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and kidnapping on August 21, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

He said the accused persons committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2) A and B and section 6(b) of the Robbery and Fire Arms (Special Provisions) Act, 2004, and Hostage, Kidnapping, Secret Cult and Similar Activities Law of Benue State, 2017.

No plea was taken for want of jurisdiction.

The prosecuting counsel told the court that investigation into the matter was still on and asked the court for another date to enable the police to complete their investigation.


Counsel to the accused persons, Barrister Terhemen Oscar Aorabe did not oppose the application for another date.

He, however, informed the court that he will formally file and apply for the bail of his client on another date.

The trial Magistrate adjourned the case to October 12, 2020, for further mention.

As at the time of this report, Hon. Agbidye and Mr Zuamo were being conveyed to the Federal Correctional Facility in Makurdi.


Insecurities: Benue gov, Ortom advises FG on weapon use.


…asks local, state and federal government to grow agricultural sectors in Nigeria.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has urged the Federal Government to grant licences to responsinsible citizens to carry sophisticated weapons such as AK47 to deter criminals from attacking innocent and helpless Nigerians.

He said the policy should be backed by a strict legal framework to prevent illegal possession of arms by the citizenry without exception.

These were some of the submissions contained in the paper Governor Ortom presented yesterday during the virtual meeting convened by Centre for Values in Leadership, CVL, in collaboration with Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF.

In the paper titled ‘Insecurity and Governance Challenges in the New Normal’, the Governor said governments at all levels must come to terms with the fact that insecurity is a real threat to the development of the country and be willing to sincerely tackle the menace.


He also recommended adequate funding of security agencies and continuous training of their personnel to enable them to be abreast of global dynamics in the fight against insecurity.

The Governor urged the Federal Government to embrace ranching as it is the global best practice of animal husbandry and to enact a law to end open grazing which often comes with attacks on farming communities by armed herdsmen militia.

Governor Ortom also advocated improved educational standards and enhanced public enlightenment campaigns to give the people, particularly youths the needed orientation to shun negative acts and become more patriotic.

He called for the repositioning of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency through training, funding, and logistics to successfully confront drug barons and peddlers; a move he said would stop illegal drugs from entering and circulating in the country.


Governor Ortom also recommended that the embargo on employment be lifted and more job opportunities created to take Nigerian youths from the streets.

He tasked the federal, state, and local governments to show greater commitment to developing the agricultural value chain to generate more job opportunities for Nigerians.

Governor Ortom concluded his presentation by stating that Benue State has made significant contributions to national development and as the food basket of the nation, if the state is threatened by insecurity, the negative impact would be on the entire country.

He went on to solicit the support of all stakeholders in tackling security challenges and pledged the resolve of his administration to ensure the safety of lives and property.


Benue governor, Ortom snubs invite to rejoin APC


The Benue state governor Mr Samuel Ortom has rejected the invitation extended to him by the All Progressive Congress to return to the party, noting that he is fully committed to the ideals of the Peoples Democratic Party, thereby putting to rest, speculations on his alleged defection plans to the APC.

Governor Ortom made this public at the PDP congress to elect a new state executive committee of the party was returned the John Ngbede led executive, admitting that the APC indeed reached out to him but the congress decision would determine if he would remain in the PDP.

Expectedly, the delegates passed a vote of confidence on him after a voice vote he put forward to leave for the APC, was rejected by the PDP delegates, promising to work for the victory of the PDP come 2023.


With that cleared out of the way, the issue of equitable distribution of power, where only the Tiv ethnic group has been ruling the state since its creation in 1976 was tabled.

The Senator representing Benue South Senator Abba Moro and the former senate president, Mister David Mark makes a compelling case for the zone to produce the next governor come 2023.

After acknowledging cheers from the crowd and taking his seat, delegates began casting their votes for the candidates running for the 39 positions led by the incumbent chairman, Mr. John Ngbede.

Some notable persons who were present at the congress on Saturday include former Senate Presidents, David Mark, and Iyorchia Ayu, as well as the three Senators representing Benue at the National Assembly.


COVID-19: Benue gov, Samuel Ortom’s wife, son recovers


The First Lady of Benue State, Mrs Eunice Ortom and her son have tested negative for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement she personally signed on Tuesday, Mrs Ortom explained that they “have been confirmed to be fully recovered, certified to be COVID-19 negative and so discharged from isolation.”

While noting that being COVID-19 positive is not a death sentence, she, however, called on residents of the state to be responsible in their actions so as to keep others safe.


The First Lady appreciated her husband, family members, the medical experts in the frontline in the fight against this pandemic for their efforts in containing the spread of the virus in the state.

She also called for support for others who are affected and to humanity in general, while hoping that God will provide a solution to this pandemic soon.

Mrs Ortom also called on the people take preventive measures to be protected and be safe by observing the primary protocols which include the wearing of face masks, regular washing of hands with soap and running water and maintaining social distance.




On the 3rd of July 2020, results from samples earlier collected during routine testings at Government House, Makurdi showed that I, my son and some of my staff-tested Positive to COVID-19. We went into isolation and began management treatment as advised by medical experts.

It is with gratitude to God that I wish to inform you that after series of review evaluations, today 28/7/2020, we have been confirmed to be fully recovered, certified to be COVID-19 NEGATIVE and so discharged from isolation.

I want to extend my appreciation to my husband the Executive Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, my family, the medical experts who are at the frontline in the fight against this pandemic. To everyone who stood by me during this period through prayers, calls, messages and checked on me in one way or the other, the show of love, concern and support was totally overwhelming and unquantified. May God in His mercies raise people to stand by you when there is a need.


I urge you all to extend the prayers, love and support you showed to me to others who are affected and to humanity in general while hoping that God will provide for us a solution to this pandemic soon.

I wish to reiterate that been COVID-19 positive is not a death sentence as evident by my recovery and that of many others recorded thus far so there is no need to panic, but we should continue to be responsible in our actions so as to keep others safe.

I am encouraging people to take preventive measures to be protected and be safe by observing the primary protocols which are;

  • Wearing of face masks

*Constant washing of hands with soap and running water

*Maintaining Social Distance

*Stay indoors if not necessary to go out.

Stay Safe!! COVID-19 is Real.

Best wishes as always.

Dr. Mrs Eunice Ortom

First Lady

Benue State.


COVID-19: Benue house speaker test positive


Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Mr Titus Uba has tested positive for COVID-19.

The chief press secretary to the Speaker, Lubiem Tiav says samples from Mr Uba and four Assembly members were taken by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Mr Tiav’s household was tested, however, only the Speaker and his last son tested positive for the virus.

The Speaker has asked all who might have come in contact with him within the last week to submit themselves for tests.

He also stated that modalities have been put in place to get all Assembly members and staff tested to ascertain their status.


In a similar vein, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has tested positive for COVID-19.

He disclosed this himself via Twitter on Sunday.

According to Onyeama, he tested positive after his fourth COVID-19 test on Saturday after he developed symptoms of throat irritation.

He further stated that he is now heading into isolation at an undisclosed health facility.


Terrorism: Declare Herdsmen as to their doings – Ortom


The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare herdsmen killing innocent people in communities in the state as terrorists.

Ortom made this call on Saturday, according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Terver Akase.

While condemning the invasion and killings in several parts of the state, Governor Ortom described the situation as unacceptable.

A file photo of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

He said the state has a law that prohibits open grazing of livestock, adding that “only a terrorist group would deliberately choose to violate the legislation as Fulani herdsmen have done since the law was emanated in 2017.”


According to the Benue leader, declaring the armed herders operating in the “state as terrorists will end the wave of impunity and guarantee the rule of law.”

Governor Ortom, therefore, called on people of the state, particularly those living in the affected areas to report any suspicious persons to security agencies.

He, however, commended officers and men of Operation Whirl Stroke for their prompt responses to distress calls, particularly that of yesterday when the people of Tse-Chembe came under herdsmen’s attacks.

Ortom also reassured the people that his administration will not surrender the state to criminal elements, be they herdsmen or any other group, saying that no amount of threats and attacks will stop the enforcement of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the State.



COVID-19: Benue committee VC dies


The vice chairman of the Benue Action Committee on COVID-19 is dead.

Prof. Godwin Achinge, who was also deputy vice chancellor of the Benue State University, had earlier tested positive for coronavirus.

He died on Sunday afternoon at an undisclosed hospital in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

No official statement yet on the death, the state Commissioner for Information and member of the State Action Committee on COVID-19, Ngunan Addingi, said she would confirm from Dep. Gov. Benson Abounu who chairs the committee.

The state governor himself, Samuel Ortom, his wife, son, and a domestic staffer have tested positive for the virus.



COVID-19: Samuel Ortom’s wife test positive


The wife of Benue State Governor, Eunice Ortom has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement she personally signed on Friday night, the First Lady said tests conducted on her came out positive.

The First Lady also noted that her son and some staff too were infected by the virus, adding that she has gone into total isolation and has commenced treatment.

“A few moments ago this evening, I received my result from the tests earlier carried out on me by NCDC personnel on routine screening at Government House, Makurdi which returned that I, my son, and some staff are COVID-19 positive.

Wife of Benue Governor, Eunice Ortom announced on June 3, 2020 that she has tested positive for COVID-19. Credit: Benue Govt.

“We have from this moment, gone into total isolation as required by the protocol and would immediately begin the management treatment as advised by medical experts,” she said.

Ortom, however, advised everyone who has had contact with her in the past two weeks to undergo screening and get tested.


The governor’s wife is optimistic of recovering from the virus, stressing that being CIVID-19 positive is not a death sentence.

Although she admitted that the virus is real, she asked residents of the state not to panic but should be responsible for their actions.

In doing this, Ortom wants the people “to take preventive measures to be protected and be safe by observing the primary protocols.”

One of such include wearing of face masks, constant washing of hands, maintaining Social Distance and staying indoors.



COVID-19: Benue University VC test positive


The Vice-Chancellor of Benue State University, Chancellor, Prof. Msugh Hembe, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Hembe, who confirmed his COVID-19 status on Facebook on Friday, directed all staff of the institution and close associates to undergo test and isolate themselves in compliance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) directive.

He wrote: “On Monday, 29th June, 2020, my test result for COVID-19 returned positive.

“I have been in isolation since I found out on Monday about my positive exposure to the virus.

“Staff of Benue State University and close associates are advised to check themselves, isolate and be pragmatic.”



EFCC arrest Benue Deputy Speaker, 1 Other


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Thursday said it has arraigned the deputy speaker and clerk of the Benue State House of Assembly for alleged N5 million fraud.

The deputy speaker Christopher Adaji and the clerk Torese Agena were arraigned before Justice S. O. Itodo of the Benue State High Court, Makurdi.

“The duo are standing trial for their complicity in an alleged fraud totalling N5,040,950 (Five Million, Forty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty Naira only),” EFCC said in a statement.

“They were arraigned on two-count charges bordering on conspiracy, bribery, criminal breach of trust and abuse of office.”

Adaji and Agena pleaded not guilty.

The two-count charges against them read: “That you, Torese Agena, on 18th day of October 2019 being Clerk, Benue State House of Assembly, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did use your position to confer unfair advantage .to yourself as bribe, to tune of N200,000 (Two Hundred thousand naira only) from N50,000,000 (Fifty Million Naira) payable to High Profile Investment Nigeria Limited by the Benue State Government for the Benue State House of Assembly legislative tour to European countries .and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under the same Act”.


“That you Christopher Adaji between 8th – 14 of November, 2019 within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court spent the sum of N4,840,950 (Four Million, Eight Hundred and Forty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty Naira only) the funds allocated to you for European legislative tour on your legal and other services and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(5) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000”.

After their “no guilty” plea, prosecution counsel, G. G. Chia-Yakua, asked the court for a date for the commencement of trial and also sought an order of the court to remand the defendants in Nigeria Correctional Services (NCS).

However, the defence counsel prayed the court to grant them bail on liberal terms or on self-recognizance adding that they would always be available in court to stand for their trials.

Justice Itodo admitted them to bail on self-recognizance and thereafter adjourned the case till July 6, 7, and 8, 2020, for the commencement of trial.



Militias arrested in Nasarawa – Criminals neutralised in Benue. [Nigeria]

The Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have succeeded in killing two gang members of Gana led criminal elements in Benue arresting members of militia group in Nasarawa state.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operation, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Enenche said the success was recorded when combined troops of Sector 2 deployed in Gbise and Zaki Biam in Benue and Sector 4 from Taraba State raided the hideout of Gana in Mtan village in Utenge Council Ward of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area (LGA) on Saturday.


He added that while two members of the gang were killed in the encounter, others fled with various degrees of gunshot wounds.

According to him, exploitation operation revealed that Gana narrowly escaped death with gunshot wounds.

“Items recovered include: one locally fabricated machine gun, six locally made rifles, two locally fabricated cartridge guns and one dane gun.

“Other items recovered are two revolver pistols, two cartridge pistols, 27 rounds of 9mm ammunition two motorcycles, one camouflage shirt, one generator set, one bag of gun powder and assorted charms.

“Gana’s personal belongings, other items and thatched houses were destroyed,” he said.

The Coordinator further disclosed that the troops of Sector 3 deployed at Ondori in Doma LGA of Nasarawa State raided the Bassa Militia camp at Kpelebewa village in Rukubi area and arrested seven gang members.
He added that the raid followed a credible information that the militia group were planning to attack a Tiv community over land dispute.


According to him, the troops apprehended seven members of the militia dressed in red shirts in the camp.

“Items recovered include one locally fabricated machine gun, six locally fabricated rifles, two locally fabricated cartridge guns, one Dane gun, two revolver pistols, two cartridge firing pistols, 57 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 29 rounds of 9mm ammunition, and 22 cartridges of ammunition.

“Other items are one dagger, poisoned bows and arrows, desert camouflage head gears and pouch, six phone handsets and some charms.


“The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation to be handed over to the police.

“The Military High Command congratulates the Troops and requests the general public to continue to provide the Armed Forces with credible information to facilitate its operations in the Country,” he said.




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May Day: Benue Governor Send Message To Workers. [Nigeria]


Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has appreciated workers of the state for their commitment, understanding and cooperation particularly in the fight against COVID-19.

Ortom in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Tever Akase, said workers in the state have demonstrated uncommon determination and professionalism in all sectors to support the State Government in taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

He specially commended workers who are on essential duties such as health and other services for putting in extra hours daily to ensure that Benue does not have additional COVID-19 cases, after the index case.

According to him, no amount of reward can adequately compensate the workers for their sacrifice to the state, and urges them to sustain that level of patriotism.

He also restated the resolve of his administration to ensure that the welfare of workers especially salaries and pensions remains its priority.


The Governor explained that Benue, like other states of the federation, had no option than to revise the 2020 Budget from N189 billion to N119 billion, in response to the impending global economic crisis which is estimated to contract the economy of Nigeria by 3.4%, a situation that will have an adverse impact on the states.

He stressed that as a result, his administration has embarked on a number of measures to boost agriculture and increase food production. One of such steps, he says, is the recent sale of 50 tractors to Benue farmers at 60 per cent subsidy.

Ortom maintained that as part of measures to mitigate the negative effect of the looming recession, the present administration has resolved to take advantage of Benue’s rich agricultural potentials, by not only producing food for consumption but also for commercial purposes.


This, the Governor pointed out, was what led to the setting up of the Agriculture Value Chain, Review and Development Cooperation Committee, with him as Chairman.

He, therefore, encouraged workers of the state and other Benue people to take advantage of the COVID-19 period which has forced many of them to stay at home and engage in massive farming.

Speaking on the fight against coronavirus, Ortom commended the people for the level of compliance with the rules on COVID-19.


He said he expects greater cooperation as the partial lockdown continues.

The Governor noted that though no new case of Coronavirus has been found in Benue, it is important that the people remain vigilant and adhere to preventive measures against the pandemic such as the use of face masks, hand sanitizers, frequent handwashing and social distancing



COVID-19: I am not positive – Nigerian Benue index case cries.


~ Susan Idoko- Okpe(Nee: Lawani), the Benue Index Case Patient Insists, Cries Out for Help in Abandonment

“I would like the whole world to please, appeal to whoever is concerned to move me out of here, am not trying to gain cheap publicity as been trendy for days on social media, I have kept my cool, but am now sick with swollen gums, being stooling throughout the night, no nurses or medical attention, my crime is that am a British who came into Nigeria particularly Benue State felt feverish took myself for check up because I have travelled longer than usual.

After examinations I was told by the doctor my temperature was high and I said keep me for observations as I did not experience any before I left London, passed from Lagos to Abuja my temperature was like any other passenger, was being monitored by the authorities.

Back to my self presentation and request for isolation which was done, I was told by the doctors that the standard procedure was to call for a test from the state ministry of health of which two gentle men came to do a throat and nose swoop.

After two days by now my temperature has normalised from 38:2 to 36:4. The records are there to be verified.

Only to be told by the doctor after asking why am I still kept in the hospital, a friend now came in to tell me that a press conference is being done with my name that I have Covid-19 on air on social media without my knowledge. I went mad as a human being and demanded to see the medical director who told me he was fighting for me.

How, why and for what and with who I don’t understand, still fuming the next thing was armed men, ambulance and a siege round the hospital for me to be removed for what I don’t know, as someone who knows the principles of the law weather it works in Nigeria or not I can’t tell I said I was not moving without a reason, I was surrounded and to stop the embarrassment to my family and poor junior sister who I think is not fair on, I went down to speak with the duty governor for thirty minutes and he assured me I was safe, will be cared for, though not sick with any symptoms, also that the following day the health commissioner and medical doctors from the state will come and see me.

I told him that if the state is insisting that am ill I should be taken to Abuja to be tested. I have never in my life seen a staged played drama with human life and politics like this before.

I want the world, Nigerians, Benue state to hear my side and verify am not a Covid-19 positive left my children behind in London they are healthy till this moment, AM CRYING OUT I NEED HELP AM TRAUMATISED, NOW SLEEPLESS FREQUENTING THE TOILET, MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY BECOMING SCARED FOR MY LIFE MY CHILDREN NEED ME PLEASE WHO CAN HELP, my children are on the phone crying everyday I have only God as I speake am in BSUTH Markudi.

I am SUSAN IDOKOOKPE (NEE LAWANI) I am mentally drained don’t know when this will end.this is not how to treat an innocent person. Nigerians and Britons please come to my AID.”


COVID-19: Benue State, Nigeria report 1st case.

Benue State has recorded the first case of Coronavirus infection, the state government said on Saturday.

This was disclosed by Governor Samuel Ortom when he met with the Benue State COVID-19 Action Committee.

The committee said Ortom had announced necessary measures to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the state.

“Positive case has been detected from one of the 8 suspected cases of people that came back from abroad specifically the United Kingdom,” the governor said.

The Governor gave the name of the victim as Susan Okpe, and advised anyone who may have come in contact with her in the last 14 days to avail themselves for test and isolation

NobleReporters gathered, Ortom said some proactive steps have also been taken to stop the spread of the virus and advised persons in the state to take into cognizance all the precautionary measures.


COVID-19: Group of Nigerian women spotted on the ground and praying. {Photos}

A Nigerian Facebook user, Onah Blessed Emmanuel spotted a group of Methodist Church women lying on the road in Ukpute, Benue State, while praying against Coronavirus.

Emmanuel who shared photos of the women praying, said he wasted no time in joining them in the prayer.


On my way to the village, last weekend, at the boundary between the Igede and the Tiv people – that was in Konshisha – I saw these the women of Methodist Church Nigeria, Ukpute, whose photos appear underneath, with their white uniform all laid on the red sand praying completely smeared. Upon sighting them, I stopped quickly and wasted no second to join them in the prayer. They called on God to put an end to coronavirus. They asked God to preserve Igede sons and daughters and bless them wherever they are.

They prayed for Governor Samuel Ortom and the people of Benue State. They begged God to stop the killings in Benue and in other parts of the country. They expressed their happiness that I was the first among those who passed before me to stop, and they prayed for me. Mrs Jessy Obwo, the wife of the circuit minister, specifically requested the women to pray for me and appreciated me for identifying with them.

The world is on a trajectory to a devastating end, if nothing is done. A famous American elite, yesterday, charged the people of the United States to spend more time on their knees than they do on the internet.

The social media too have been awashed with pictures of doctors surrendering to God in prayers while treating Coronavirus patients.

Are these not clear statements that the solution to the global health crisis is in the place of prayer?

Let’s speak to God. Suffer your knees and save your life. Emmanuel wrote on Facebook


COVID-19: Benue govt. shut down schools indefinitely.

In a bid to discourage the possible contamination of the dreaded Coronavirus among residents in the state, the Benue state government has announced the closure of all schools operating in the state indefinitely, as from Friday March 27, 2020.

Taking to its official twitter handle, the state Government wrote:-


“All Schools in Benue State, starting from Basic Education, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions are to close down on 27/03/2020~ Prof. Dennis Ityavyar.”


Benue Killings: MUTUK feud, kicks.

The Mzough U Tiv UK (MUTUK) has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria as well as all security apparatus in Nigeria to ensure that the incessant loss of lives occasioned by herdsmen attacks in Benue is halted with immediate effect.

The Tiv socio-cultural organisation maintained that the safety and security of the people should be the number one duty of the government, without which all other areas of a stable life are made impossible.

MUTUK President Dr Kohol Shadrach Iornem in a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Ms Salome Biam, lamented that over the last few years the organisation had watched the systematic killing, destabilisation and eviction of Tiv people from their ancestral lands.

He said that despite concerted efforts in the past to address the increasing spate of killings by herdsmen in the state, Benue is again witnessing an upsurge in the killing of Tiv natives.

The statement reads:

“In January 2018, Mzough U Tiv UK (MUTUK) members gathered outside the Nigeria High Commission in London to protest the massacres and systematic extermination of our brothers and sisters at home in Benue State.

“MUTUK also delivered a petition to the then British Prime Minister, Theresa May, asking the British government to intervene and put pressure on the Federal government of Nigeria to do their duty and secure the lives of its citizens.

“It is with great sadness and grave concern that again we find ourselves here witnessing an upsurge in the killing of Tiv sons and daughters in our homeland of Benue State and other surrounding communities in Nigeria.

“We had hoped that we had seen the last of these barbaric acts but alas, again the distressing calls, messages and images are reaching us. The headlines are again reading, ‘Renewed attacks on Benue community’, ‘Herdsmen kill four in renewed Benue attack’, and so on.

“During the height of the attacks by so-called herdsmen, there was precious little urgency shown by the relevant powers in curbing the massacres, which murdered hundreds and sentenced thousands more to be displaced and confined to IDP camps, a horrendous situation which is sadly still ongoing.”

Iornem stated that the entire Management Committee of MUTUK would not relent but will again be using all the resources and contacts available to it in the UK and worldwide to make their voices heard once more.

The MUTUK President and the entire Mzough U Tiv UK membership expressed solidarity with the Benue State Government and people of Benue State, pledging not to rest until peace and stability are restored to the land.


COVID-19: Gov. Ortom set up committee in Benue

Governor Samuel Ortom has inaugurated an Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus in Benue State

The 17-man committee is headed by the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Sunday Ongbabor with Dr Samuel Ngise as Secretary.

In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Terver Akase, the committee has the Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism, Rt. Hon. Ngunan Addingi; Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Dondo Ahire and the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Timothy Ijir as members.

Other members of the taskforce include Mr. Apir Ityu, Dr. Terna Kur, Mr. Agwaza Iorkpiligh, Mr. Matthew Uyina, Mr. Moses Leva, Dr. Edward Amali, Mr. Claude Bitaronga.

Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom

Also not left out are Dr. Peteru Inunduh, Professor Terrumun Swende, Dr. Alli Cornelius, Dr. Patrick Echekwube and Mr. Micheal Adejo.

The governor charged members of the panel to proactively monitor, supervise and coordinate the state government’s response to the dreaded disease.

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Unnamed disease not Ebola, HIV or Coronavirus killing people in Benue – FG inform

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire on Friday February 7 stated that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is working hard to unravel the mysterious disease that has left many people dead in Benue State.

Ehanire who disclosed that the NCDC has activated an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate response activities in conjunction with Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi to ascertain the nature of the illness, said victims of the disease showed no symptoms of Ebola, Lassa fever or coronavirus after medical tests were conducted.

The Minister disclosed that some of the symptoms victims of the disease showed were headache, internal heat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach ache, weakness of the body and swollen stomach. He urged Nigerians to contact NCDC immediately on its toll-free number on – 0800-970000-10 to report strange cases.

Recall that the disease which broke out in Oyi-Obi community of Benue State on Wednesday January 29, has already killed 15 people. The number of the people affected by the disease have already exceeded 100


Warring Benue communes should cease action – Ortom ..

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has called on perpetrators of the communal crisis in Tyo-Mu community of Makurdi Local Government Area to cease hostilities and give peace a chance.

The governor, in a statement signed his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) and made available to our correspondent described the crisis as unacceptable especially with the attendant violence which has led to the burning of many houses and displacement of hundreds of people.

While noting that no individual or group has the right to claim ownership of land as all lands belong to government, the governor stressed that his administration will not allow enemies of peace to get away with their anti-development actions.

Governor Ortom asked security operatives to identify and arrest any individual or group of persons suspected to be fuelling the crisis.

“He (Ortom) wonders why the people of Tyo-Mu who have lived together for decades have suddenly allowed selfish individuals to plant seeds of discord among them.

“The governor charges all stakeholders in the Tyo-Mu crisis to embrace dialogue initiated by the Benue State Security Council which delegation is led by Secretary to State Government, Professor Anthony Ijohor, SAN, to end the conflict,” the statement read in part.

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