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Killings: Govt Imposes 24 hour Curfew On Katsina Ala Town

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Following the persistent killing of innocent citizens, the Benue state government has imposed a 24 hour- curfew on Katsina Ala local government area with effect from Monday April 22, 2019.

According to the acting governor of the state, Engr Benson Abounu, the curfew is part of government’s effort to restore peace and ensure the security of lives and property in that part of the state.

The acting governor explained that the curfew, which takes immediate effect would be reviewed as the situation demands.

Abounu also urged the people of Katsina-Ala to cooperate with security operatives sent to the area, by obeying the curfew.

A statement by the chief press secretary to the acting governor, Ede Ogaba Ede, quoted his boss as warning that, anyone found fomenting trouble in the area or any other parts of the state would be apprehended and punished according to the law.

The acting governor reassured the people of Katsina Ala that more security personnel have been deployed to the area to end the crisis, adding that the government would continue to give security agencies every needed support to succeed.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Samuel Ortom decided to cut short his leave and join forces with major stakeholders to address the ongoing crisis at some border and other communities in the state.

The governor according to the chief press secretary, Terver Akase, is already on his way back to the country, explaining that the decision became necessary following renewed killings of innocent people and destruction of properties by gunmen especially in the Sankera area of the state.

The governor appealed for calm and assured the people in the affected areas that government would do everything lawfully possible to end the crisis and to guarantee security of lives and properties.

Ortom explained that as part of the peace efforts that his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu who is the acting governor recently led a state delegation to Taraba to meet with key stakeholders on the best approach to end the lingering crisis between the people at the border communities of the two states.

“Even while on leave, I have been in constant touch with heads of security agencies in the state and I am optimistic that sooner than later, peace will return to the troubled areas”, he said.

While appealing to those taking advantage of the crisis to whip up sentiments to remember that Benue is the only state they have, the Governor urged the citizens not to allow politics to destroy the state, saying that the impact of such destruction would affect everyone irrespective of political affiliation.

  Ortom applauded the Benue state House of Assembly, state executive and security councils, the state council of Chiefs, leaders and members of religious, civil society and other groups, the media and the entire people of the state for the support given to his Deputy while he was away on his annual leave.

The governor however enjoined Benue people to sustain the support and collaboration with the state government in restoring peace to all parts of the state.

It would be recalled that governor Ortom left the country over two weeks ago, to China and he is expected to return on April 29, 2018.

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