Makurdi protest: Gov Ortom appeals for calm, directs security to restore order

File photo of Gov. Ortom briefs President Buhari on security situation in Benue Pic.10. Gov. Samuel Ortom answering questions from State House correspondents after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the security situation in Benue State, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (9/1/18). 00148/9/1/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/BJO/NAN

Gov Samuel Ortom on Saturday appealed to protesters in some parts of Makurdi, the state capital, to remain calm and has directed security operatives to restore order.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Makurdi residents took to the streets in a peaceful protest on Saturday, over the killings in Guma and Logo local Government councils.

Gov. Ortom, made the call in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua.

Speaking about the protests in some parts of the state capital, the governor directed all security operatives especially, the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, to ensure restoration of order in the affected areas.

“The governor appeals to residents to remain calm and report any breach of peace to security agencies for necessary action.

“The state has suffered too much losses in terms of human lives and property and cannot afford another round of crisis.

“The Police should arrest those who cause trouble whoever they are, investigate the causes of the protests, and prosecute those responsible for breach of the peace,” Mr. Ortom directed.

He assured Benue people that efforts would be intensified with the collaboration of the relevant security agencies to restore peace and order to all parts of the state.



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  • Bassey Frank

    I used to dislike your attitude towards the killings in your state. Watching your mood at the mass burial of the over 70 victims of Fulani herdsmen attack I sincerely sympathize with you. God will grant you solace. The blood of the victims must retaliate some day. The day of calamity is on the way on revenge mission.