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Benue lawmakers worried by spate of assassinations

Governor Sam Ortom of Benue State

If there is one issue troubling the members of the Benue State House of Assembly, it is the spate of assassinations in the state.

The House is now ready to support the executive arm of the state government in stemming what the members, on Friday, considered a growing tide.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Terkimbi Ikyange, gave the promise to support the executive arm in this regard during valedictory session in Makurdi, the state capital, in honour of a former member, Atoza Hindan, murdered in his home in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of the state.

Hindan served as a member of the House between 1979 and 1983.

The Speaker, who was not happy with the situation, said assassinations of senior politicians in the state had hampered growth and development especially of the state legislature.

Appealing to his colleagues to strive harder to live lasting legacies behind, he said the House would collaborate with state to rid it of criminality.

Ianna Jato, a serrving member of the House, described the deceased as a social crusader who always stood for truth and fair play adding that as a Tiv, he declined nomination for the position of Deputy Speaker then, to accommodate the Idoma minority tribe since a Tiv was Speaker.

“Hindan said it would be right for the positions to be shared for equity. This arrangement has come to stay with us in Benue,” he said just as his colleagues, including Audu Sule, urged security agencies to help locate the killers of the former lawmaker and bring them to justice.

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