KILLINGS: Wike mocks Gov Ortom, calls for state of emergency in Benue

KILLINGS: Wike mocks Gov Ortom, calls for state of emergency in Benue

Rivers State’s Governor Nyesom Wike has called for a state of emergency in Benue State over incessant killings in the state.

Wike argued that Governor Samuel Ortom has lost control of the state, making immediate declaration of state of emergency in the state necessary, in order to restore security and protect the lives of the people.

He further said that all the governors who along with Ortom plotted for state of emergency to be declared in Rivers State when it had security issues will not escape from experiencing security challenges except they repent of their evil plots.

The governor stated this on Thursday, when he addressed members of the University of Port Harcourt Governing Council, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

He said, “Benue governor has lost control. That is why there is an immediate need to declare a state of emergency for the restoration of security and protection of the people.

“If you are from Benue State, I apologise. But when Rivers State had security challenges, Governor Ortom of Benue State was among the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, who plotted the declaration of a state of emergency in the state (Rivers).

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“When the problem of insecurity started here in Rivers State, instead of joining hands to proffer solutions, they politicised it.

“Unless all those at the forefront of the plot against the state repent, this insecurity will visit them one after the other,” the governor added.

The governor went further to say that “as a result of the politicisation of security by APC governors, insecurity had been exported to several parts of the country.”

Wike’s mockery followed the recent attack by gunmen of a market in Zaki Biam, Benue State, which led to the alleged killings of over 52 people.

Aside the recent attack, Benue has remained one of the states in the country that has suffered worst casualties from incessant attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen.




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