Ortom suspends Benue chief over widow’s death

The Governor of State of Benue, Samuel Ortom, on Saturday, suspended a traditional head, Ortar Agawa Kwahar in the regional government of the Buruku in the state, for the death of a widow.

According to a statement available for journalists by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Ngukan Adinga, the suspension is said to be due to the crisis in the Mbiceough Council, Mbagen at the Board Board, which leads to a widow, Shaade Nyihemba, is regulated without burning.

According to reports, the widow, which is a nurse burned to death when some combustion set fire to his house a few weeks ago, and his death raises suspicion among residents in the community.

The Governor of Ortom has held a meeting with the rulers and traditional elders from the region on Friday and directed the suspension of traditional heads to pave the way for investigating his role in the crisis.

The statement read, “Governor Ortom condemned the gruesome manner that a widow, Mrs. Shaade Nyihemba was murdered by unknown criminals and ordered that full investigation be carried out by the Police and DSS to find out those behind the dastardly act for prosecution.

“The Governor directed that Zaki Ortar Agwa Mnyange Kwahar be suspended according to Section 30 of the Benue State Chieftaincy Law, to pave way for investigation into his role in the crisis at Mbatyough, Mbagen Council Ward when he should be promoting peace.”

The statement noted that the governor ordered that all youth groups in Yemakem be banned with immediate effect.

“All activities of Yamakem youth association were also suspended indefinitely,” the statement added.
Also, Ortom warned against the floating of parallel vigilante groups in the council wards and emphasised that anyone found hosting such groups would be sanctioned.

He also warned the Benue Livestock Guards to restrict their operations within the mandate of the outfit, which was to primarily prevent open grazing and rustling of animals.

He warned that any member of the Livestock Guards found operating outside the stipulated mandate would be expelled from the organisation.

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