Benue Assembly summons Governor
Benue State House of Assembly has summoned Governor Samuel Ortom to appear before it and brief the house on the actions taken by the state security council to halt incessant killings by Fulani herdsmen militia in the state.
Governor Ortom is expected to appear on Wednesday for questions while it has also suspended its sittings for one week in solidarity with victims of herdsmen attack.
The State Assembly while expressing appreciation to members of the National Assembly for their stance against the killings also commended them for the decision to suspend plenary in protest and to summon President Muhammadu Buhari over the matter.
Speaker of the Assembly, Rt Hon Terkimbi Ikyange who gave the ruling under matters of urgent Public Importance moved by Dr. Ianna Jato. The speaker appreciated the State Acting Governor for his efforts at ensuring the protection of the people in the Governor's absence.
Hon Dr. Jato lamented that the people of the State where being killed in large numbers without any practical actions by those whose Constitutional role it is to protect the people.
While the Majority Leader, Barr. Benjamin Adanyi and Hon Paul Biam described the acts as provocative, dastardly and inhuman aimed at annihilating Benue people, others such as Hon Titus Uba, Dr. Kester Kyenge and Mr. Avine Agbom said it was unfortunate despite the contributions of Benue people to keep the Country United, the Nigeria State seems to fold her hands and watch the genocide been perpetrated against the State by herdsmen militia.
Report by Gabriel Ordia