Gov Alia vows to deal with perpetrators of violence in Benue

By Henry Ibya, Makurdi

Benue State Government has expressed worry over the attitude being exhibited by some citizens of the state bent on derailing the relative peace gradually returning to the state, following recent unprecedented influx of armed herders alleged to have been brought into the state by those described as enemies of the state out to destabilize the government.

Governor Hyacinth Alia who conveyed government feelings in a statement expressed shock that despite his directives that all political gatherings be put on hold because of the volatile security situation in the state, government received intelligence reports that the suspended chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State, Austin Agada and his co-travelers have ignored the order.

Governor Alia’s statement signed by his chief press secretary, Tersoo Kula, released to journalists, weekend, alleged that Agada and Mathias Byuan, the newly appointed Executive Director Finance and Accounts at the Federal Housing Authority Abuja, had hired armed men into the state to shatter the relative peace.

The governor further alleged that the armed men who accompanied the suspended APC chairman and Mathias Byuan reportedly made their way into the heart of the town in a convoy and started shooting sporadically when they got to Tito Gate located along Kashim Ibrahim road Makurdi.

“The duo led armed men round parts of the Old GRA and were headed to property No. 75, JS Tarka Way said to be owned by the secretary to the government of the federation, SGF, Senator George Akume”.

The statement quoted governor Alia in path, pointing out that when the personnel of the police arrived and began to engage the hoodlums they disappeared.

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