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Call to End Banditry in Troubled LGs by Benue Governor




Benue State Governor, Hyacinth Alia, emphasized the urgent need to put a stop to banditry activities in Ukum, Logo, and Katsina-Ala Local Government Areas of the state for the inhabitants to experience peace and development.

The three local government areas, known as Sankera axis, have become notorious for kidnapping and killings by bandits.

Notable individuals such as the Ukum Local Government Chairman, Rev. Gideon Haanongon, and the state Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism, Matthew Abo, who both hail from the same council, have been kidnapped within the axis in the past three months.

Addressing the need to eradicate banditry in the axis, the governor stressed that without peace, development would remain elusive in the areas.

Alia made these remarks on Saturday at the Akume Atongo Stadium, Katsina-Ala, during his address to mourners gathered to pay their last respects to their late traditional ruler, Chief Abu Shuluwa.

He asserted that the late king had fought for the peace of his subjects and that his death should mark the end of banditry in the area.

“Until peace returns in Ukum, Logo, and Katsina-Ala LGs, development will continue to elude the people because nobody will want to invest in an insecure environment,” he said.

The governor appealed to those in hiding in the bush to come back home, assuring them of his positive intentions for them.

Alia also pledged that the Sankera traditional council would convene at the appropriate time to decide on the source of the new king, emphasizing the importance of doing what is right.

In addition, former Governor Gabriel Suswam described the late king as a fulfilled, outspoken, and courageous individual.

Suswam emphasized that the people of Sankera have lost a great man who never had enemies despite his long tenure in politics before ascending to the throne.

Regarding the appointment of the new Tor Sankera, he highlighted that it was the constitutional duty of the Governor to appoint second and first-class chiefs in the state.