COVID-19: Benue Reverses Decision To Re-Open Worship Places, Markets

A file photo of Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom
A file photo of Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom

 

The Benue state government on Saturday said it will no longer push for the re-opening of worship places and market places.

The government had, on Thursday, said it would commence the re-opening of state’s worship centres and markets which have been closed for close two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The reversal, Governor Samuel Ortom said, was premised on the federal government’s advice to states to be cautious about restarting economic and social activities.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Benue has recorded just five cases of COVID-19 as of Friday evening.

Benue’s five cases is the least among states who have reported at least one coronavirus infection.

Sowore, Dasuki: Ortom Lauds Nigerians

A file photo of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has commended Nigerians whose dogged clamour led to the release of human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, as well as former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

The Governor equally commended President Muhammadu Buhari for directing the release of Sowore and Col Dasuki in accordance with the rule of law.

He states that Nigeria which prides itself as the giant of Africa and beacon of democracy must, at all times, be seen as a champion of the rule of law and respecter of human rights.

The Governor stresses that countries that practice true democracy across the world obey court orders and respect the fundamental rights of their citizens.

Wants a review of free entry for Africans policy

Meanwhile, Governor Ortom has urged the Federal Government to review its decision to give all African travelers visas on arrival in the country with effect from January next year – meaning that Africans wishing to travel to Nigeria can freely do so whenever they desire.

The Benue State Governor says as popular as the policy may sound, it portends danger ahead as Nigeria will soon turn to a safe haven for persons with a questionable character such as terrorists and other criminals who would come into the country without hindrance.

He appeals to President Buhari to reconsider the decision in the overall interest of the nation.

Open Grazing Ban: Ortom Orders Arrest Of Herdsmen, Detains 50 Cattle

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Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has ordered the confiscation of over 50 cows and arrest of three herdsmen.

The suspects were arrested for violating the law banning open grazing in the state and for obstructing the governors’ convey while returning to Makurdi from Tarka local council.

Governor Ortom after giving the order on Wednesday, December 27 lamented the increased violation of the law banning open grazing law in Benue State.

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He added that two people were recently killed in Odonto village of Otukpo local council due to an attack by herdsmen, a result of the violation of the open grazing ban.

At the time of filing this report, three herders including one Benue State indigene have been arrested and were taken to the police for investigation and prosecution while the arrested cattle were guided to a detention ranch.

The Benue State government on November 1, officially effected its ban on open grazing throughout the state. This was after Governor Ortom on May 22, signed the anti-open grazing and anti-kidnapping, abduction, cultism and terrorism bills into law.