Rose Ejembi, Makurdi
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Monday, swore in 10 newly selected First Class Chiefs in the state with a charge on them to respect and comply with the laws of the land and conduct themselves at all times in a manner that can promote public confidence and the integrity and impartiality of the traditional institution.
The newly-sworn in chiefs are Abu King Shuluwa (Tor Sankera), Julius Aondona Adaga (Tor Gwer), Moses Mfave Anagende (Tor Lobi), David Afatyo Ajoko (Tor Jemgbah) as well as Ambrose Pine Iyortyer (Tor Kwande).
Others are Chiefs Clement Kparevfa Uganden (Tor Jechira), Emmanuel Okochi (Och’Otukpo/Ohimini), Francis Obande Obeya (Och’Enone), Baba Odangla (Och’Apa/Agatu) and Oga Ero (Adirahu Ny’Igede).
Speaking at the IBB Square venue of the installation/ coronation ceremony, the governor urged the newly sworn in first class Chiefs to be alive in playing their role in the promotion of peace, unity and harmony that the state urgently needs today.
“You are all aware of the security challenges in the State. In view of the foregoing, the Council is expected to meet quarterly every year to amongst other issues; review the security situation in the State towards finding a solution to same.
“You should also avoid social relationships that are improper or give rise to an appearance of impropriety, that cast doubt on the Institution’s ability to decide cases impartially or bring disrespect to the Traditional Institution.
In a remark, Chairman, Benue Traditional Council, Tor Tiv, HRM Prof. James Ayatse while commending the state government for giving attention to the traditional institution urged the people of the state to go and register to obtain their voter cards to be eligible to vote for candidates of their choice in 2019.
Speaking on behalf of the newly installed Chiefs, Tor Kwande, Chief Ambrose Iyortyer thanked the government and people of the state for finding them worthy to serve as their royal fathers and pledged their unalloyed commitment to ensuring peace and harmony in their respective domains.