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1 Aug 2018

POLITICAL CRISIS IN BENUE: Tiv professionals call on Tor Tiv,Och’Idoma To Intervene

 Tiv Professionals Group (TPG) has called for the intervention of the paramount ruler of Benue state, HRH the Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse and the Ochi’Idoma, Dr Edwin Ogebe Ogbu and other traditional and religious leaders in the current political crisis in the state.

In a press statement signed by the group chairman, Professor Zacharys Anger Gundu, the group expressed concern over the political consequences the recent developments would have on the people of the state and called on all parties to settle their disputes amicably.
The statement reads in part:
“In the past two months, we have observed the spate of fast moving political activities in Benue State by our political office holders at both the State and National levels leading to political realignments, defections and the purported impeachments at the Benue State House of Assembly; and the purported notice of impeachment on the Governor by a section of the Benue State House of Assembly.
“We are concerned by the eventual political consequences of these actions and counter actions on the citizens of Benue State, who have already been severely brutalized and traumatized by recent unprovoked attacks by Fulani Militia, masquerading as herdsmen.

“We are also aware of the rights of political individuals and institutions to take actions in their jurisdictions and spheres of influence. We however call on all our political office holders and actors to weigh their political actions and activities and ensure they are within the rule of law, so as not to bring more chaos in the State.

“This is a time we must as a people bind together to ensure the interests of our people are protected in our next steps. We call on our Traditional Rulers, Religious Leaders and other Stakeholders to rise up to the occasion and call our politicians to order at this critical time.”
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