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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that his administration will not stifle the opposition in the state so that democracy can thrive at its best.

Ortom made the remark while delivering his speech at IBB Square in Makurdi, during a fb_img_1447969382720.jpgreception held to celebrate his victory at the Supreme Court.

“Let me assure that we are not out to stifle the opposition. Democracy thrives best in the face of a vibrant opposition. Let all citizens of the state, however, drop political cleavages and focus on the Benue project for the future of our present and children yet unborn,” he said.


By Gurgur Japheth

October 23rd, 2000, Oputa Panel began sitting officially, by February 3rd 2003: IBB got a favourable judgment from the Supreme Court that the Panel had “no powers to summon witnesses outside the Federal Capital Territory” and further “that the 1999 Constitution made no provision for tribunals of inquiry”.  Till date, as far as shocking and useful the revelations in the Oputa Panel were, the reports are yet to be published and those indicted are yet to be punished accordingly.

As if the script of IBB versus Okputa Pannel was being mimicked, Justice Iorhemen Hwande in a preliminary order suspended the operations of the both panels pending the determination of the substance of the matter. However, Justice Adam


Onum in her final determination of the matter set aside the order placed on both panels. The Court held that the commission could resume sitting with immediate effect with a caveat that although it has the right to issue letters of summons on individuals, it is not vested with the power to issue a warrant of arrest on anyone or impose a fine (Berger Alfred MO, 2015)

What is not contestable is the facts that maybe contained in the report, and facts do not really need the imprimatur of a judicial panel or judicial commission to be useful in court of law. What is happening to the Dasukigates: Oliseh Metuh, Dokpesi, Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi etc is purely based on facts submitted to the EFCC. And so far, Nigerians are happy with the process and proceedings. (more…)




Political and Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Obande Obeya, the Oyame K’idoma has said there is no animosity between the Tiv and Idoma ahead of the rerun senatorial elections.

The elder statesman who made this clarification when he hosted the APC

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senatorial candidate, Daniel Onjeh said he was speaking on the authority of the Och’idoma, the traditional ruler of the Idoma nation who confirmed same to him in confidence.

“i have asked the Och’idoma if there is any quarrel between the Benue south people and the Tiv nation and that question was answered with an emphatic no. (more…)

  • As Plot To Remove Ikyange Thickens

All is not yet well with the leadership of the Benue State House of Assembly, as last is yet to have been heard of the tussle to unseat the Speaker, Hon. Terkimbi Ikyange.
This is even as some members have vowed to oust the Speaker who they believe is unfit to continue leading the House due to a court ruling delimiting his constituency into two.

wpid-unnamed.pngThis crisis reared its head only last week when the Minority Leader, Hon. Kester Kyenge raised a motion seeking clarification on the legality of the Speaker to preside over the house despite the court ruling.

The session which was just before the Governor Samuel Ortom’s budget presentation to the Assembly became very rowdy and was heading for the worst before Majority Leader and member representing Makurdi-South constituency, Barr. Benjamin Adanyi doused the tension in the favour of the Speaker. (more…)

Benue State  Governor Samuel Ortom, today approved the release of five inmates from Gboko Prison who have been serving various jail terms.

According to a statement signed by Chief Odeh Ageh, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, the Governor’s approval of the release of the inmates followed the recommendation by the Benue State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy.


The statement, has also assured that the state will overcome the current challenges and move to the next level of development in 2016.

Governor Ortom has also felicitated with the people of the state on the occasion of the New Year and reassured that a new Benue is being born because the initiatives of his administration are designed to serve as pillars of development now and in the years to come, Chief Ageh said. (more…)