Adhering to the rule of law is non-negotiable in Benue state.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue says the government will not tolerate any one attempting to disrupt peace and order.

The governor said this while addressing the Benue Council of Chiefs on Monday. He affirmed that Benue remains committed to building a strong and indivisible Nigeria despite rumours stating otherwise.

“Benue is not in support of any secessionist agitation and will not want mischief makers to cause violence in the state. People with such plans are advised to leave in their own interest,” he said.

Ortom asked traditional leaders to preach peace in their localities, while tolerating visitors and non-indigenes.

The message of peace was reiterated by the President of the Igbo Assembly's Benue State Chapter, Chuks Albert, in his speech.

“We stand for one Nigeria; we are not part of the Igbo that want to secede by force. We thank the governor for guaranteeing our peaceful stay in Benue.

“We have an umbrella community which is Igbo Delegate Assembly; we also have Ohaneze Ndigbo. We have all met and resolved that we belong to one Nigeria,” he said.

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Both the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, and the Och’Idoma, Elias Ikoyi Obekpa, commended the government’s efforts towards calming nerves, and promised their people’s support to maintain peace.

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