<<< By Jimin Geoffery >>>
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has urged communities in the state to always employ dialogue in resolving disputes even when the courts had adjudicated over such matters.
He gave the charge today at the palace of Ter Kwande in Adikpo, Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State during a security meeting with stakeholders in the area.
The Governor stated that it was unthinkable for communities to take up arms against one another especially now that the state was facing external aggression from invaders.
He regretted that instead of reflecting on the persecution, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ during the Easter season brothers destroyed one another’s property on a large scale in Agbaikyan council ward of the local government area.
Governor Ortom charged traditional rulers to be proactive in reporting security challenges in their domains to council chairmen for immediate necessary action, saying his administration would not tolerate any act of lawlessness.
He advised the kindred head who won a land case which resulted into a communal clash to accept the intervention of the traditional rulers in Kwande for the amicable resolution and expressed hope that royal fathers’ decision on the matter would bring lasting peace.
In separate remarks, Tor Kwande, Chief Ambrose Iyortyer and Ter Kwande, Chief Hilary Ikima, all condemned the actions of their subjects, saying it was unfortunate that such was happening when a whole council ward in the area was under siege by suspected herdsmen.
Others who spoke including member representing Kwande/Ushongo Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Mr. Benjamin Wayo, and Mr. Benjamin Nungwa representing Kwande West in the State Assembly, all sued for peaceful coexistence among their constituents.
Governor Ortom later attended a reception in honour of the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Tor Uja where he described the celebrant as a great gift to the church, Nigeria and Benue in particular.