By Peter Duru

demolition of properties in Makurdi

Makurdi.. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has described as outright falsehood and mischief allegation on social media that he ordered the demolition of residential buildings on the Logo I area of Makurdi town.

He also described the allegation as a campaign of calumny against his person and office wondering why those behind the falsehood chose to smear his name and office.

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The Governor in a statement on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Terver Akase regretted the situation where youths take undue advantage of the social media to run their leaders down and asked the persons peddling the false news to apologize or face the wrath of the law.

Part of the statement read, “we find as unacceptable, and unfortunate, the story in social media that Governor Ortom has ordered the demolition of properties at Logo1 in Makurdi. What do they hope to achieve with the baseless allegation if not for political purposes?

“There is no such thing. It is false, mischievous, and malicious. For those who are spreading the rumour, the Governor has no hand in the demolition. He does not have a property there as they are alleging.

“What we understand is that the person who carried out that demolition secured a court order which permitted him to take over his property and he went with the police to carry out the demolition,” Akase stated.

He lamented the rumour was distasteful and that those who spreading the same should retract it and tender an apology to Benue State Government for maligning the person and office of the Governor.

“Evidence obtained from the court shows that the said demolition was carried out by the family of Har Gyuse (from Vandeikya) who is enforcing a judgment delivered in their favour by Justice Kpojime in 2013.

“In the land case in question, Har Gyuse and members of the Logo 1 community were in dispute over ownership of the land. Gyuse tendered a C of O of the land issued to him by the Military Administration in Benue in 1989.

“Yesterday’s demolition was, therefore, the enforcement of the court order in favour of Hir Gyuse which judgment the community reportedly did not even appeal,” he added.

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