Registration your power to decide candidates, Akume tells APC faithful

February 9, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs Sen George Akume, Tuesday said the All Progressive Congress (APC) membership revalidation and registration exercise was the power of every APC member to decide the right candidates in the forthcoming election and must be taken seriously. He equally said the exercise will also further authenticate membership of the party and expose to the Read More

Ortom to new perm secs: Better leave office poor than go to jail

February 4, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state Thursday swore-in 12 new permanent secretaries and advised them not to engage in fraudulent activities saying it is better for them to leave office poor than spend the rest of their lives in jail. Ortom also charged the new permanent secretaries to be just, fair and equitable in the discharge of their duties. In Read More

Breaking: Kidnapped businessman found dead in Benue

February 2, 2021 Editor 0

A popular businessman in Benue state Okoh Enejor has been found dead days after he was kidnapped by gunmen. Enejor was discovered dead around a forest location in Odokpo village, Okpokwu local government area. Efforts to get confirmation from Police authorities were not successful as at the time of filling this report. Details loading…

NUJ declares 3 days of mourning for late Benue Chairperson

January 30, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche, Abuja 0

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has expressed sadness over the death of the Chairperson, NUJ Benue Chapter, Victoria Asher, which sad event occurred Saturday in Makurdi. The Union in a press statement by  NUJ, Assistant National Secretary, Midat Joseph, in Abuja, said: “The National Secretariat of the NUJ received with sadness the news of the sudden death of the Benue State Council Read More

Updated: Ortom tests positive to COVID-19

January 28, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Benue state governor, Dr Samuel Ortom has tested positive to COVID-19. Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Terver Akase in a statement issued Wednesday morning, said the latest result of the governor’s COVID-19 test has returned positive. The positive status of the governor followed the test results of most of his close aides who also returned positive in the Read More

Ortom hails Buhari over appointment of new service chiefs

January 27, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state Wednesday commended President Mohammadu Buhari over his decision to appoint new Service Chiefs to replace those removed. The Governor, however, said while the people will be supporting the new security heads, they will also be watching keenly and won’t hesitate to constructively criticize when things go wrong. Ortom in a statement signed by his Read More

Breaking: In Benue, Ortom tests positive for Coronavirus

January 27, 2021 Editor 0

Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom has tested positive for COVID-19 days after some of his close aides were confirmed. A statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary Terver Akase on Wednesday said, “The latest result of his (governor Ortom) COVID-19 test has returned positive. “This follows the test results of most of the Governor’s close aides who also returned positive Read More

Mother, 3 kids, 8 others die in Benue auto crash

January 27, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

A woman, her three children and eight others, Tuesday, died in ghastly motor accident at Ogodumu on the Otukpo-Adoka road in Benue state. The passengers were onboard a bus to Abuja. Blueprint learnt that six persons survived the tragic accident but sustained various degrees of injuries. It was further learnt that the incident occurred in the afternoon after a truck Read More

Armed Forces Day: Buhari ushers in salvation at last

January 15, 2021 Philip Agbese 0

Jesus Christ acquiesced to his challengers because he was on a divine mission. So, it was needless disrupting the course of its divine fulfilment. Nigeria’s leadership by President Muhammadu Buhari aligns with the same tenor. Like Christ, the President is on a messianic, redemptive and regenerative mission in Nigeria. He came with an unalloyed mind and spirit. Therefore, he silently Read More

2021: As Nigerian military silence wailers…

January 13, 2021 Philip Agbese 0

All President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aides occupy a special place in my heart. It is not easy to discharge the arduous obligation of defending a leader who is deliberately and nastily persecuted. Of all the aides, however, Mr Femi Adesina and Mallam Garba Shehu have caught my endless admiration. Each time I read their pieces and analyses of national issues, Read More

Group threatens Suswam’s recall over ‘abandonment’ of constituents

January 8, 2021 Agi Onda 0

The Sankera United for Democracy and Development (SUDD) has threatened to initiate the recall of Senator Gabriel Suswam, representing Benue North East senatorial district of Benue state. The group led by Engr. Edward Dugeri, adduced Suswam’s alleged lackadaisical attitude to the plight of Sankera people comprising Ukum, Logo and Katsina-Ala local government areas as basis for their resolve. The group Read More

Stop fanning disunity embers, group tells ZAPA

January 7, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

A group operating under the name, Benue Concerned Citizens for Development Thursday accused the “Zone “A” People’s Assembly, ZAPA, of fanning embers of disunity among leaders in Benue. The group made this known while reacting to a press conference addressed by ZAPA, earlier in the week, which accused the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs Senator George Akume of Read More

Governor Ortom and his loyalists missed the point

January 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

My published commentary in the Blueprint, Daily Trust, Nation and other national newspapers on Governor Samuel Ortom’s call for self-defense against herdsmen, got him angry and as usual, he reacted through his media team led by the Chief Press Secretary Terver Akase. I would like the Benue state governor to know that I don’t have a personal issue against him. Read More

New Nigerian Online Editor brother’s wedding grounds Otukpo

January 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

New Nigerian Online Editor brother’s wedding grounds Otukpo. All roads led to the Norcross Memorial Methodist Cathedral in the heart of Otukpo City, Benue state, where Emmanuel Olofu Dickson, a younger brother to the Online Editor of New Nigerian, Okpani Jacob Onjewu Dickson, hooked his sweetheart, Patricia Ijato Adokwu. The solemnisation which was done by the Methodist ArchBishop Of Benue, Read More

Ex CP raises alarm over rising insecurity

January 2, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

President General Mdzough U Tiv Worldwide, CP Iorbee Ihagh (retd) has described as alarming the level of insecurity in Nigeria. Ihagh urged the federal government to take urgent actions to bring an end to the rising insecurity saying Nigerians were no longer sure of their future and where the country is heading. Ihagh, who spoke with Blueprint Weekend, Friday in Read More

Pray for Buhari, work for coexistence, Ortom urges Nigerians

January 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

Governor Ortom of Benue state Thursday called on Nigerians to work for peaceful coexistence and pray for Nigeria’s leadership under President Muhammadu Buhari to enable it surmount the current security and economic challenges. Governor Ortom in a New Year message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, said though year 2020 came with numerous challenges such as COVID-19 and Read More

Insecurity: Benue bans use of motorcycles in 2 LGs

December 29, 2020 John Shiaondo 0

The Benue state government, Tuesday, banned the use of motorcycles in Katsina-Ala and Ukum local governments of the state, following the rise in criminal activities in the areas. The state government has also shut all revenue collection check points except the one at the Head Bridge in Katsina-Ala. A statement issued by the Permanent Secretary Bureau of Internal Affairs and Read More

Tiv: What kind of foolishness is this?

December 28, 2020 Blueprint 0

Few days ago, a group of armed men, known to be boys of the late Tewase Agwaza, who was popularly called Gana, entered the Katsina-Ala in Benue state, shot and killed some people. Thereafter, they threatened to come back for more killings to protest the assassination of their boss by the military. Kindly note that it was the military that Read More

‘Shootings didn’t happen within Ochacho carnival’

December 28, 2020 Editor 0

Following reports making rounds in the media platforms that Jennifer Robert and an unadentifed person were killed at the well attended Ochacho Carnival, held in Otukpo, Benue state, the food basket of the Nation, it has been gathered that the incident reportedly happened two streets away from the venue of the carnival. Reports earlier suggest that the event which suggested Read More

Gunmen attack Katsina-Ala LG chair, kill 3 policemen, 2 civilians

December 25, 2020 John Shiaondo 0

Gunmen Thursday attacked the residence of the CHAIRMAN of the Katsina-Ala local government area of Benue state, Mr. Alfred Atera, killing three policemen and two civilians. The gunmen, who were said to be heavily armed, invaded the house around 11 a.m. in an attempt to assassinate the council boss but met stiff resistance from the security men, a situation which Read More

Governor Ortom is confused

December 24, 2020 Blueprint 0

Before Ortom’s election as governor of Benue state, Fulani herders had been killed in Benue and Ortom was aware. He came in as the governor and declared amnesty. The youth in the state including the late Terwase Agwaza, honoured the amnesty programme and surrendered their arms. The killings by herders were still going on in the state at the time Read More

Benue begins work on N6bn GIS project

December 18, 2020 John Shiaondo 0

Benue state government Wednesday commenced work on the over six billion naira Benue Geographic Information Services (BenGIS) project aimed at digitalising land administration in the state. Speaking with journalists at the commencement of work, the Commissioner for the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals, Dr. Bernard Unenge, said the project, which was recently approved and flagged off by Governor Read More

The Otukpo declaration

December 15, 2020 Blueprint 0

When the political, traditional, religious and professional leaders from the Southern Senatorial Zone assembled at Otukpo on November 26, they came to discuss a very emotive and politically explosive matter. The Geoffrey Ejiga Hall of Leach Hotels, venue of the meeting teemed with the crème de la crème of the zone including royal fathers, clergymen, retired generals, academics, media practitioners Read More

Sam Nda-Isaiah (1962 – 2020)

December 15, 2020 Blueprint 0

The demise last Friday night of the Chairman/Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah, is no doubt a great loss to the media industry Nigeria at large. Nda-Isaiah, who held the titles of Kakaki Nupe (the spokesperson of the Nupe people) and the Aare Baaroyin of Akure Kingdom, died at the age of 58 in Abuja after a brief illness. Born Read More

Understanding why wailers are after Zulum

December 14, 2020 Philip Agbese 0

Bigoted partisans have come to free reign in Nigeria. Very unconscionably and irresistibly, these partisan lees which have populated Nigeria delight in politicizing national security. It is the only explication which sufficiently accounts for their unbearably selfish outrage and mouthing of inanities on resurgence of insecurities in the country. These dregs in the country have a single plank of reasoning. Read More