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Youths on rampage over killing of kinsman in land dispute

youth 1SURE-P workers protest against non-payment of salaries

HELL was let loose in Igese village in Ojenyo ward of Ado Local Government Area of Benue State as irate youths of Igede extraction in Obi Local Government set ablaze many houses in Igese village over the beheading of their son.

The Guardian recalls that a middle-aged man, Raphael Agasi was arrested for allegedly beheading Ajah Esim in a dispute over a piece of land.

State Police Public Relations Officers, ASP Austin Ezeani when contacted also confirmed the incident, assuring that policemen have been drafted to the area to ensure that the situation did not escalate to communal clash.

Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Otukpo Area Police Command, Samuel Drakoji who also confirmed the incident said he has drafted his men to the scene of the incident to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
Drakoji said he has pleaded with the chairman of Obi and the representative of Ado Local Council to prevail on their subjects to desist from activities capable of causing more mayhem.

Caretaker Chairman of Ado Local Government Council, Paul Udenyi told our correspondent on phone that the incident led to loss of property worth millions of naira while some of the residents who are presently displaced are taking refuge in a primary school while others are squatting with their neighbours.

Udenyi said there was going to be a meeting with retired Col. Edwin Jando, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security after which further decisions on the crisis will be unveiled.

Also reacting to the incident, the Chairman on the Task Force on Petroleum Monitoring, Chief Ekpe Ogbu, described the incident as unfortunate, stressing that the two warring tribes share common boundary and have co-existed for several years.

Meanwhile, over two thousand (2000) Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program, SURE-P workers in Benue State have marched to Government House over non-payment of their seven (7) months salary arrears.

The mammoth and aggrieved staff mostly widows and school leavers, who had besieged the popular Government House Roundabout as early as seven a.m. Monday, refused to leave, insisting in meeting Governor Samuel Ortom to explain to them why they should not be paid their monthly stipend of ten thousand naira Over two thousand (2000) Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program, SURE-P workers in Benue State have marched to Government House over non-payment of their seven (7) months salary arrears.

The mammoth and aggrieved staff mostly widows and school leavers who had besieged the popular Government House Roundabout as early as seven am Monday, refused to leave but insisted on seeing Governor Samuel Ortom to explain to them why they should not be paid their monthly stipend of ten thousand naira (N10, 000).

Some of the protesters that spoke with The Guardian lamented the nasty experience their families are passing through and called on the governor to intervene to save their families from starvation.

Some of the protesters that spoke with The Guardian on the ground of anonymity lamented the nasty experience their families are passing through and called on governor Samuel Ortom to intervene to save their families.

But Governor Ortom, who came out to the roundabout to address the SURE-P protesters, told them that the non-payment of their monthly stipend arrears is part of the rot his administration inherited from his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam.

The Governor however, vowed to investigate and recover the SURE- P fund meant for the payment of staff that were diverted by some individuals and appealed for a little time to sort out issues to pay them.

Ortom reiterated that on assumption of office so many things went wrong, revealing he inherited over N90 billion and promised to create a way of integrating most of them particularly the widows.

He commended the protesters for being peaceful in their action and urged them to be patient.



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