The Executive Chairman of Ado Local Government Area, Rt. Hon. Chief James Oche has described as false the information that Governor Samuel Ortom is responsible for the of some politicians in Ado Local Government Area.
Oche further stated that Governor Ortom whon has zero tolerance for political criminality and would not turn around to do otherwise.
In a statement he Oche signed, said Ado LGA will continue to fight criminality and would not be deterred by blackmail.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Ado Local Government Executive and Security Council has been drawn to some media misrepresentation by politically inclined persons that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Benue State Dr. Samuel Ortom is responsible for the arrest of some persons within the local government for political reasons.
“Council wishes to categorically debunk in its entirety, this uninformed position as being false, misleading and a desperate attempt to smear the hard earned reputation and character of the Governor. Council wishes to state unequivocally that, on no account would His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Benue State descend so low as to mastermind the arrest of political opponents.
“It is trite to reemphasize that, the administration of His Excellency, Governor Samuel Ortom has zero tolerance for political criminality, hooliganism, thuggery, cultism and all other vices associated with politics. The Governor as known is preoccupied with delivering the dividends of good governance to the people of Benue State and any attempt to malign his reputation for political reasons is born out of ill motive.
“The Ado Local Government Executive Council wishes to reaffirm it’s commitment to fighting criminality and will not, under any guise be blackmailed or militated into giving a deaf ear to issues of insecurity as they affect the welfare of the Ado people. Council wishes to reemphasize that, the mandate to ensure the welfare of the people is paramount and shall be sustained at all costs.
“The Ado Local Government Executive Council has no preference for any community or person and so far as issues bothering security are concerned, no person or community shall be treated with kid gloves as council is guided by the watchword of equality before the law.
“Council shall, in the days to come, convene a meeting of critical stakeholders within Ado Local Government to address brewing issues affecting the welfare and development of the people and attendance shall cut across political, ethnic and religious divides.
“Council urges our people to remain law abiding and peaceful and to be assured that we are working assiduously to ensure that, the security of lives and properties of Ado people is guaranteed no matter whose ox is gored. Once more, Council appreciates the support of our leaders, stakeholders, the people and the security agencies.”