Crime

Benue Govt places N5m bounty on Dr Suswam killers

By Matthew Ajai-Kume

Benue State Government has placed N5 million bounty for any Information that  would lead to the arrest of killers of Dr Terkula Suswam.

Governor Samuel Ortom made this known Thursday to newsmen after the Benue Security Council meeting at the New Banquet Hall, Benue People’s House in Makurdi. He also said the council also declared total war against criminals in the state.

He further said that the council reviewed the ban on the use of motorcycles earlier imposed in Ukum and Katsina-Ala Local Government Areas to cover Logo Local Government Area and banned the use of old model Toyota Corolla, popularly known as “Duck Nyash” in the three affected council areas.

Ortom further reviewed the dusk-to-dawn curfew earlier imposed on Katsina-Ala and Ukum local government areas to also cover Logo area.

Governor added that the council resolved to extend resolutions of the council to include: the ban on operation of motorcycles in Katsina Ala, Ukum and Logo Local Government Areas.

According to him, The state security council also directed all commercial motorcycle riders in Sankera to update particulars through proper documentation while all commercial vehicles should henceforth, load and off load only in designated motor parks.

He further stated that the council set up a committee to sensitise schools in Benue State on tips for effective security and protection against criminal elements. The committee is headed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Colonel Paul Hemba (Rtd), with Education Commissioner, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar and Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr Kenneth Achabo as members.

The council also directed security agencies to step up surveillance in the state, especially in crime prone areas.

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