Ortom suspends traditional ruler


The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has suspended the District Head of Mbatser/Mbamusa in Konsisha Local Government Area while lifting suspension on three others in Kastina-Ala Local Government Area of the state. The resolution was reached at a State security council meeting.

The affected traditional ruler, Zaki Mbanongun Gbakera, was suspended following a recent crisis between people of his Konshisha area and an Igede community in Oju Local Government Area of the state.

“The meeting resolved that the District Head of Mbatser/Mbamusa in Konsisha local government area, Zaki Mbanongun Gbakera should immediately be suspended for complicity in the crisis.

“The Tor Tiv is to appoint an acting District Head and set a committee to further investigate the involvement of the suspended traditional ruler.

“The meeting resolved that the two communities of Bonta and Ukpute in Konshisha and Oju local government areas should jointly ensure the end of hostilities and the return of peace,” he said.

The meeting also resolved that the demarcation of the boundary between the two local government areas should be carried out as quickly as possible to prevent escalation of the crisis.

On the crisis in Kastina-Ala Local Government Area, the state security council lifted the suspension of three traditional rulers in Sankera area namely: Mue Ter Chongo, Mue Ter Ipusu and Tyoor Luke Atomigba, District Head of Mbacher in Shitile.

The traditional rulers were suspended on August 19, 2019, for a period of six months, for conducts unbecoming of traditional rulers.

The security council also ratified the recommendation of the committee set up to look into the crisis in Sankera area.

The recommendation was that the Tor Sankera, Chief Abu King Shuluwa should relocate to Katsina-Ala, the headquarters of the intermediate area, before the end of July, 2020, so as to effectively oversee his domain.

The council resolved to strenghten the security team operating in the Sankera intermediate area for better results.


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