Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State Governor, Mr. Terver Akase has dispelled insinuations linking Governor Samuel Ortom with the reported harassment of a civil society activist, Ukan Kurugh at the Makurdi International Market by suspected thugs.
Mr. Akase who dismissed the rumour in an interview with newsmen today at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi said it was unacceptable for anyone to harass those rendering help to victims of the recent flood at the IDPs camp.
He similarly described as mischievous the insinuation that the Governor was sponsoring thugs to harass people.
According to Mr. Akase, Governor Ortom on the 22nd of May, 2017, outlawed thuggery by assenting to the Abduction, Hostage-taking, kidnapping, Secret Cult and Similar Activities (Prohibition) law 2017” and would not turn around and sponsor thugs against any member of the society.
He stated that the Governor believes in members of the people having a say in the manner they are governed, which is why he constituted a committee on the recent flood in the state with membership drawn from civil society organizations, the media, Nigerian Bar Association among others to ensure transparency in the handling of relief materials.
Mr. Akase stated that Governor Ortom is a leader who does not subscribe to violence of any kind and has demonstrated qualities of a peace loving man over the years.
While challenging those making the allegations to be ready to prove their statements, the Chief Press Secretary said the Governor had directed security agents to fish out those responsible for the reported attack and bring them to justice to serve as deterrent to others.
The Chief Press Secretary urged members of civil society organizations providing assistance to victims of the flood in the IDPs camps not to be discouraged, stressing that the Ortom administration appreciates their selfless service to the state.