Ortom Visits Zaki-Biam, Directs Further Medical Attention for Survivors

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today visited Zaki-Biam to have first hand information about yesterday's attack on residents.

He led members of the State Security Council to the town.

His first call was at two hospitals where he visited some of the survivors of the attacks and directed that those seriously affected should be conveyed to Makurdi for further medical attention.

The Governor and his entourage were also taken to the mortuary of one of the hospitals where he was shown 14 bodies of some of the victims and informed that three more had been deposited in other hospitals, bringing the number of casualties to 17.

They included women and children. 

Thereafter, he inspected the destruction at the Zaki-Biam Yam Market and its environs and addressed the people at the Anglican Primary School.

He vowed that the God who had brought him thus far in life would also assist him and the security council to track those responsible for arrest and prosecution. 

The chief executive promised to beef up security in the Sankera axis and take other measures at the State Security Council level.

The Governor said an assessment of the damage would be made and some assistance rendered to those affected even as he said the state would foot medical and funeral bills.

Governor Ortom who described the attacks as unacceptable and reprehensible sympathised with those who lost loved one and pledged that such would never happen again.

He said he would call Sankera stakeholders to a meeting to brainstorm over security challenges in the area even as their traditional rulers led by First Class Chief, His Royal Highness, Chief Abu King Shuluwa urged him to take whatever legal means to curb criminal activities in the axis.

Other stakeholders who spoke including the member of the State Assembly representing Ukum, Mr Paul Biam, the Anglican Bishop of Zaki-Biam B A Vanger, as well as Sole Administrator, Mr Moses Asawa Agee, and Acting Ter Ukum, Chief Teran Kwaghbo expressed appreciation for the visit which they said restored the confidence of the people and requested the Governor to get to the root of the matter.

They noted that the Governor cancelled all his engagements to visit and sympathise with the victims.