DEPUTY governor of Benue
State, Engr. Benson Abounu has
allayed fears that government
would interfere in the selection of
first class and third class chiefs in
Idoma land.
Abounu told newsmen in his
office in Makurdi yesterday,
after rising from a stakeholders
meeting, that the people would be allowed to select the chiefs for
administrative convenience
“Government will not interfere
in any way in the selection of the
first class chiefs. The people will
be allowed to select their chief.
The composition of the first class
chiefs is just for administrative
convenience, it has nothing to do
with the culture or tradition of
the people as some people have
canvassed,” Abounu stated.
Also in the absence of adequate
manpower, we devise the means of
working with the vigilante so that
they can argument the manpower we
have. The government is trying but
a lot needs to be done as we told the
honourable members the assistance
we need from the government and
they promises to take it up.”
He has also appealed to members
of the public to always give the police
useful information that would assist
the police in tackling crime in the
Chairman of the House Committee
on Public Complaint, Petitions and
Security, Ibrahim Alkali (PDP-Lafia
CP Inalegwu takes over Kogi Police Command
sister security agencies and
traditional rulers who stood by
him during his stint in the state.
The outgoing CP also
commended the people of the state
as well as other stakeholders that
had supported the command in
the fight against crimes during his
service period in the state.
While he described the incoming
CP Inalegwu as an experienced
officer, Chafe called on officers
and men of the command, as well
He noted that there had been
divergent views over the law
promulgated by the state House
of Assembly, stressing that many
people had kicked against it, even
as he urged them to seek redress
with the legislature if they were
not satisfied.
The deputy governor wondered
why the people waited for the
chieftaincy law to be passed
before coming out to express their disagreement, stressing that
it would have been better if the
representatives of the people at the
legislature made such grey areas
known to the Assembly before the
It would be noted that that while
the Tiv areas have selected their
first class chiefs, the Idoma areas
are yet to conduct theirs, as the
process has attracted limitations
from several aggrieved persons.

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