Gov Alia expresses worry over breach of peace in Benue by Agada, Byuan

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By Sunday Ogli, Makurdi

BENUE State Governor, Hyacinth Alia, has expressed deep worry over the invasion of the state by the suspended Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the state, Comrade Austin Agada and the Executive Director of Finance and Accounts, Federal Housing Authority, Dr Matthias Byuan, who came with hired armed men, shooting sporadically.

Governor Alia, in statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Sir Kula Tetsoo and made available to newsmen in Makurdi on Friday, wondered why some people are still bent at derailing the relative peace in the state to hinder development after they have been ordered not to embark on certain activities.

Recall that Governor Alia had on February 27,2024, banned all political and social gatherings in the state till further notice due to the security situation in the security situation in the state.

These directives, according to Kula, were publicly communicated to the public through the Commissioner of Police, Benue State Command who approved enforcement and equally asked the organizers to call off their meetings.

He, therefore, wondered why Agada and Byuan ignored the ban and its enforcement by the police.

The state reads in part: “We have received intelligence reports that the suspended state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, Comrade Austin Agada and the Executive Director, Finance and Accounts at the Federal Housing Authority, Mr. Mathias Byuan have hired armed men into Benue State to shatter the relative peace in Benue State.

“This is against the directive of the governor that all political gatherings in the state be suspended due to the volatile security situation in the state.

“But shockingly, the armed men who accompanied Agada and Byuan reportedly made their way into the heart of the town in a convoy and started shooting sporadically when they got to Tito Gate, Kashim Ibrahim road, Makurdi.

“The duo led the armed men round parts of the old GRA and were headed to property number 75, J S Tarka way said to be owned by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Dr George Akume when the Nigerian police arrived and began to engage them before they disappeared.

Recall that Governor Hyacinth Alia had banned all political and social gatherings in the state till further notice. These directives were later publicly communicated to the public through the Commissioner of Police, Benue State command who approved enforcement and equally asked the organizers to call off their meetings.

“The security atmosphere in Benue State is only gradually returning to calm after it was charged recently following the unprecedented influx of armed herders who were brought in by enemies of the state to destabilize the government.”

” We urge Benue people to be security conscious and immediately report activities of these fifth columnists as we call on security agencies to arrest these merchants of crisis and bring them to book to serve as a deterrent to others.”