George Okoh


The Benue State Government Thursday chided a section of the correspondents of media houses for allegedly exposing the ills going on in different flood camps in the state.

Flood menace

The state government in a reaction by the Special Adviser on media claimed that reports of rape of women in the flood camps are untrue, while describing the authors of the report as evil and mischievous journalists.

Early this week, most national dailies were awash with stories raping of young girls in exchange for food  as well as diverted relief materials meant for the poor internally displaced persons.

The reports were said to have caught the ire of Governor Gabriel Suswam, who at the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) executive meeting reeled out the names of some journalists to party officials and thugs to be dealt with.
Meanwhile, the state Chairman of the Conference of All Political Parties (CNPP), Mr. Baba Agan, has condemned the governor’s statement, advising him to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter rather than chase journalists.

According to him, the stories reported by the media reflected what was happening in the camps saying government should not treat the findings with laxity.

Agan also accused top government officials of deliberate plot with fake claims of loosing farm lands to the flood in order to divert the N500 million funds expected to be given to the state government from the Presidency this week.

“We want to see pictures and evidence of any government official who has lost a farm. Claims by government and it’s official is an attempt to divert the money meant for the ordinary people,” he said.


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