Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has rebuffed the charge that he is the instigator of the arrest of the former Governor of Benue State, Dr Gabriel Suswam, by the Department of State Security (DSS) vide a petition said by ChannelsTv to have been written by him to the DSS in which he fingered Suswam as the sponsor of the hoodlum Terwase Agwarza popularly known as Gana who is wanted for the spate of violence in and around the Sankera Axis of Benue State.
The Governor made this denial in a statement he sent out through his Chief Press Secretary Mr. Terver Akase. The statement reads in full as follows:
“We wish to categorically state that Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom did not write a petition which led to the arrest of former Governor of the State, Gabriel Suswam, contrary to some media reports.
Such reports are false, misleading and mischievous.
The Benue State Government has written a petition against leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and has filed a lawsuit against the group. The State Government has evidence to prove that the socio-cultural organisation is responsible for recent attacks and killing of innocent people in the state.
Those peddling the allegation that Governor Ortom is behind the arrest of his predecessor are doing so to cause disaffection and create a state of confusion.
The Ortom administration will not be distracted from its commitment to get justice for victims of mindless attacks on the state.
We urge Benue people and other Nigerians to disregard the reports.
Chief Press Secretary
June 22, 2018.”