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Ortom accuses Suswam of murder

Ortom accuses Suswam of murder

Samuel Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has accused his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam of having a hand in some unresolved murder cases that occurred during his regime.

Ortom was responding to the former Governor’s claim that the amnesty programme of the state, in which criminals were asked to surrender illegally acquired arms for a better life, was a failure and scam.

According to an earlier article, Suswam who was hitherto accused of being responsible for the proliferation of arms in the state and consequent criminality, lamented the incessant cases of kidnapping and assassination of the Governor’s aide on Security, Denen Igbana, saying Ortom had lost control of the state having being ill-prepared to govern in the first place.

Responding through his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr Tahav Agerzua, Governor Ortom said the circumstances through which some persons were killed under Suswam’s administration left fingers pointing at none other than the former Governor.

“Dr. Suswam seemed to have forgotten the unresolved murders of the late Tony Udu of the Examinations Board, Gwa Jande, former Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Benue State University, Pastor Adoor of the Lands and Survey, the great farmer, Simon Chaverkper, Charles Ayede, Celestine Tsebee Agber, alias Egbe Nack, in circumstances which many suspect him.

“Ironically, no member of the Suswam cabinet was ever called to answer any charge despite public outcries on complicity of him or his officials in the several unresolved murder cases,” the statement read in part.

Governor Ortom reiterated his resolve to stamp out criminality from the state saying his administration “will continue to support all the security formations in the state to help weed out those remaining criminals who have spurned the Governments generous offer of amnesty.”

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