FULANI HERDSMEN CRISIS: OVER 200,000 SCHOOL CHILDREN, 1,000 TEACHERS DISPLACED IN BENUE

At least 200,000 students in post-primary institutions alongside 1,000 teachers are reported to have been displaced as a result of herdsmen attacks in Benue State. The herdsmen also destroyed 20 out of 64 government-owned post-primary schools across the three senatorial districts of the state. The Executive Secretary of the state Teaching Service Board (TSB), Dr. Wilfred Uji, who disclosed this to journalists in an interview in his office in Makurdi, said the state required about N1 billion from the Federal Government as intervention to fix facilities destroyed by the insurgents…

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LAWMAKER’S MOTHER KIDNAPPED IN BENUE

Mrs. Grace Ucha, mother of Mr Terkaa Ucha, member, Benue State House of Assembly, has been kidnapped, the Police Command in Benue has confirmed. According to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ms Catherine Anene, the incident was reported on Tuesday. “We got the report on Tuesday and have started investigating the matter,” Anene told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Makurdi. Ucha represents Tiev Constituency in Vandeikya Local Government, and is believed to be one of the leading candidates seeking to be Speaker. Ucha is expected…

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By Peter Duru, Makurdi Operatives of Benue state Police Command have uncovered another firearms manufacturing site at Ikache village in Oju local government area of the state, recovering locally fabricated fire arms at different levels of completion while the alleged arms manufacturer, 37 year old father of five, Orohu Akodi was also appended. This is coming about two months after troops of the military spike operation in the state code named ‘Operation Whirl Stroke’ uncovered a similar plant in Logo local government area of the state. Parading the arms manufacturer…

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PARENTS MARRY OFF THEIR DAUGHTERS FOR FOOD IN BENUE IDP CAMP

As hunger and diseases, especially diarrhoea and hernia hit Mbawa Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs’) Camp located in Daudu, Guma local government area of Benue State, parents have resorted to giving out their under-aged daughters in marriage for food stuff. Already, eight persons have been confirmed dead from the biting hunger and ailments which took a worrisome dimension last weekend. The camp chairman, Mr. Geofrey Torgenga, confirmed the death toll to LEADERSHIP yesterday during a visit to the facility located a few metres away from Daudu. Torgenga said that the major…

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DAD KILLS 4- MONTH OLD SON WITH LETHAL INJECTION IN BENUE

A Makurdi Magistrate’s court in Benue State on Monday remanded one Solomon in prison for alleged culpable homicide and attempt to commit suicide. The Magistrate, Mrs. J.O Ayia, ordered that the accused person be remanded at the Federal Prisons, Makurdi for further investigation. The police prosecutor, Sergeant Godwin Ato told the court that the case was reported by one Laadi Solomon of Tse- Akpongu Mbagen in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State on April 20, 2019. Ato said the complainant reported that the accused person, who is her husband,…

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TROOPS RESCUE KIDNAP VICTIM FROM GANA’S COMPOUND IN BENUE

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said yesterday that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, deployed to counter banditry in the North-Central have rescued  three kidnapped victims in a building located in Gana’s family compound at Gbise in Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue State. A statement from Defence spokesman, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, yesterday said the victims, a man and two women were rescued during a dawn raid in the early hours of Friday, April 26, 2019, when troops stormed a building reportedly belonging to a notorious bandits’ leader, Gana. He said…

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BLOODBATH AT EASTER AS 11 WORSHIPPERS ARE KILLED IN BENUE

By Peter Duru, Makurdi Eleven persons were reportedly killed and many unaccounted for in a Good Friday attack by gunmen on worshippers returning from church at Tse-Aye and Tse-Ngibo, Ikurav Tiev in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State. Bloody Easter as gunmen kill 11 worshippers in Benue Sunday Vanguard gathered that the attack was a fallout of the rivalry between the people of Shitile and  neighbouring communities in Sankera area of the state comprising Logo, Ukum and Katsina/Ala local government areas. According to a highly placed government official who…

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JIME TAKES BATTLE AGAINST ORTOM TO ELECTIONS TRIBUNAL

Mr Emmanuel Jime, the defeated Benue Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the APC in the state have filed a joint petition challenging the victory of Gov Samuel Ortom at the general elections held between February and March in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governorship polls in the state were declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and reconducted in March where Ortom was declared winner. Ortom polled a total of 434,473 to floor his closest rival, Jime of…

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HERDSMEN, MILITIA KILL 25, BURN OVER 100 HOUSES IN BENUE

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed heads of the nation’s security to immediately deal ruthlessly with bandits terrorizing communities in Zamfara state. The President has also given a marching order to the security agencies to end kidnapping and other security challenges confronting many parts of the country. Buhari gave the order yesterday when he met with Service Chiefs and some heads of security agencies at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting, which held behind closed-doors, lasted for about two hours. Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, the Chief of…

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PASTOR SENDS CATHOLIC CHURCH GUESTS OUT DURING WEDDING, SEE PICS IN BENUE

Photos: NKST Benue pastor allegedly sends Catholic guests out of church during wedding, says new law doesn’t allow non-members into the church A pastor at a Gboko branch of NKST Church allegedly sent out all Catholic faithfuls, out of the church and barred them from participating in the ceremony of the couple pictured. According to Ferdinand Mary, who shared the shocking report, the pastor claims that that the 2019 law adopted by church does not allow non-NKST practitioners to “dabble into their holy house of worship.” Read below: LET US…

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