Benue governor Alia vows to demolish property housing kidnappers, yahoo boys

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Benue State Governor, Hyacinth Alia

By Emmanuel Antswen

Benue governor Hyacinth Alia has said intelligent reports available to him revealed that some hotels and property in the state were shielding kidnappers and Yahoo boys.

Speaking at a press conference in Makurdi, the state capital on Friday, Governor Alia said that he would soon meet with all hotel owners in the state over the issue.

He, however, vowed to demolish all property housing kidnappers and yahoo boys if it was confirmed to be housing or shielding criminals.

The Governor said such structures it would be demolished immediately.

He added that Benue was no home for cultists and that all people residing in the state must learn to play by the rules or leave.

He said the government would establish a call centre where people can call 24/7 to report on general security issues.

He said security of lives and property was the topmost priority of his administration and nobody would be spared if found breaching the state’s security.

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He said his visit, as well as the 19 northern governors, to the U.S., was at the behest of the American government, to find ways of tackling the security challenges bedeviling the region and to collaborate on how to improve on agriculture.

He described the visit as ‘quite fruitful and encouraging’, and advised the youths in the state to join agricultural cooperatives, adding that the government would support such societies operating in the state.

Alia said that his administration’s policy to support the youths through Agriculture was in tandem with his campaign promise of youth empowerment.

Alia also disclosed that his administration was putting in place modalities to commence dry season farming.

The Governor advised the youths never to allow anybody to use them for mischief purposes, adding that they should tell such persons to bring their children, who were mostly resident abroad, to perform their dirty jobs for them.

He said his administration had commenced employment processes with more than 400 youths at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), to address unemployment.

According to him however, agriculture still offers a more realistic hope to accommodating and reaching out to more people.


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