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I have no power to order air raid-Ortom

By Sunday Ogli, Makurdi

BENUE State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has described as mischievous, allegations linking his government to recent killings from an air raid on a settlement in Nasarawa State.

The Governor stated that neither him nor his government had a hand in the unfortunate incident.

He maintained that he did not order anyone to carry out such an act, insisting that he has no such powers to order such an air raid operation which resulted in the killings.

Governor Ortom, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Nathaniel Ikyur and made available to newsmen in Makurdi spoke on Sunday during a Thanksgiving Mass for the official commissioning of a Parish House built by him at Holy Cross Parish, Ogbolokuta, Ulayi in Ado Local Government Area.

He explained that contrary to the wrong narrative being peddled, it may have been as a result of intelligence gathered by the military high command.

The Governor, who wondered why he would be linked to the incident, said it was pure mischief for anyone to attempt to rope him into what he had no knowledge of.

Speaking on the hostilities between the people of Ezza community of Ado local government and their neighbouring Ebonyi State, the Governor said he was working in collaboration with the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi to end the incessant conflict between the two brothers.

He disclosed that the peace meeting between the two state governments will be held in the area as a show of commitment to bring the crises to a stop so that the people will return to their homes.

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