Tension in Benue as council chairmen, traditional rulers flee to Makurdi over Gana’s death
Local Government Area Chairmen in Sankaraland of Benue State and some traditional rulers have abandoned their domain and relocated to Makurdi for fears of their lives.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that many traditional rulers involved in the surrendering of the notorious militia leader, Terwase Akwaza (Gana) have deserted their palaces to unknown places.
The alarm was raised by a member of the House of Representatives, Dr Richard Gbande that his life and those of other leaders who negotiated the surrender of Gana was in danger.
Recall that Gana was killed last week by soldiers in a controversial manner after allegedly accepting amnesty offered by the Samuel Orthom administration.
Forty out of the 100 other militiamen that surrendered were also shot dead by the soldiers.
Sankaraland is made up of three local government areas of Ukum, Logo and Katsina Ala.
A councillor in one of the councils made this known yesterday while on a visit to Lafia, Nasarawa State.
The councilor said: “As I talk to you, the Ter Ukum, Arc Orkar Kaave, Ter Logo, Jimmy Meeme and Ter Katsina Ala, Benjamin Fezanga Wombo left their domain that same day and are in Makurdi. Even the whereabouts of Tor Sankera, HRH Abu King Shuluwa is unknown Nobody is safe.
“All the council chairmen have run away to Makurdi. Nobody is sure of his safety any longer in the area. The atmosphere is not clear; you can’t see any official or government vehicle in Sankera. There is fear there.”
It was learnt that the people of Joota, a community in Ukum Local Government Area, are highly worried over the whereabouts of four of four “strong men’’ who usually protect them against incessants attacks by the Jukum militia.