Our lives are in dan­ger – Benue tra­di­tional rulers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Tra­di­tional rulers un­der the um­brella of Benue State Coun­cil of Chiefs (BSCC) Wed­nes­day al­leged that their lives are un­der threat and called on the state gov­ern­ment to pro­vide them with ad­e­quate se­cu­rity.

The tra­di­tional rulers at a meet­ing con­vened by the state gov­ern­ment in Makurdi, and presided over by Spe­cial Ad­viser to the gover­nor on Bureau of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Chief­taincy Af­fairs (BLGCA), Ti­tus Zam, urged the gov­ern­ment to en­sure the se­cu­rity of their lives and prop­erty.

In the meet­ing at­tended by the Tor Tiv, Al­fred Akawe Torkula and Och’ Idoma, Elias Obekpa; chair­man and vice chair­man of BSCC re­spec­tively, the fo­rum ap­pealed to gov­ern­ment to re­store po­lice or­der­lies that were hitherto at­tached to them.

Speak­ing on be­half of the fo­rum, which had among them sec­ond class chiefs from all the 23 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of the state, the Ter Ushongo, Am­brose Iortyer and para­mount ruler of Apa Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, Chief John An­tenu, said most of the chiefs were be­ing threat­ened by their sub­jects.

Iortyer re­called a re­cent in­ci­dent in his do­main when one of his chiefs was shot and those sus­pected to be re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack were ar­rested and later re­leased on bail

He said af­ter the re­lease of the sus­pects, they went about brag­ging that they were un­touch­able.

Daily Trust learnt that the Force Head­quar­ters of the Nige­ria Po­lice di­rected re­cently that po­lice or­der­lies at­tached to unau­tho­rised per­sons be with­drawn, but it is not clear whether the tra­di­tional rulers were af­fected by the or­der.

Mean­while, the Spe­cial Ad­viser told the tra­di­tional fathers that the meet­ing was held to re­vive the fo­rum which last met 16 years ago, adding “there are very crit­i­cal ar­eas of ser­vice to both the gov­ern­ment and our peo­ple. One there­fore won­ders why a fo­rum such as this would be al­lowed to go into ex­tinc­tion.”

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