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Declare state of emergency in Benue, Ortom has lost control – Wike tells FG

Declare State of emergency in Benue, Ortom has lost control – Wike urges FG
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike

Sequel to the recent killings in some parts of Benue State, Governor Nyemsom Wike of Rivers State has urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the state following Governor Samuel Orthom’s inability to handle the crisis.

Wike said it was obvious that Governor Orthom has lost control of the state as the wanton killings was becoming unbearable, hence his call for declaration of state of emergency in the state.

Wike reaffirmed his statement on Thursday when the Governing Council of the University of Port Harcourt, paid him a courtesy call at Government House, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

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.

No excuse is acceptable for the high number of deaths in Benue.

You can’t have a governor watching helplessly as his people are being killed. What kind of governor is that. He has displayed sheer laziness and incapacity in the whole issue, and this is quite unfortunate.

If you are from Benue State, I apologise. But when Rivers State had security challenges, Governor Ortom of Benue State was amongst the APC governors who plotted for the declaration of state of emergency in the state.

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 fore front of the plot against the state repent, this insecurity will visit them one after the other.”



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