Benue House seeks Defence minister’s exit


For exonerating Fulani Herdsmen from the New Year’s Day killing of 73 people in the state, the Benue State House of Assembly yesterday called for the resignation of Minister of Defence Mansur Dan Ali.

The Assembly took the decision after a debate on a Motion of Urgent Public Importance moved by Majority Leader Benjamin Adanyi.

Speaker Terkimbi Ikyange attributed the decision to the “malicious, vexatious and unfortunate comments” by the minister, adding that those comments were indicative that the minister lacked the moral right to remain in office.

He said the minister is completely unaware of the security issues in the sensitive Ministry he is overseeing.

The House also condemned in its entirety what it described as the “reckless” utterances by the minister despite the fact that the killings started before the Anti Open Grazing Prohibition Law validly enacted by the Benue State Government.

The lawmakers commended Governor Samuel Ortom for his firm stance on the implementation of the law.

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