The Benue State Security Council (SSC) has suspended the District Head of Mbatser/Mbamusa in Konshisha Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, Zaki Mbanongun Gbakera over his alleged complicity in the crisis between the Bonta people of Konshisha and the Ukpute of Oju LGAs of the state.
It, however, lifted the suspension earlier placed on three other traditional rulers in the state about 10 months ago for breaching the code of conduct of traditional rulers in the state.
The suspension of the lone traditional ruler was to pave way for the Tiv Traditional Council (TTC), led by HRH Orchivirigh, Professor James Ayatse, to set up a Committee to investigate the level of complicity of Zaki Gbakera in the crisis.
Briefing newsmen at Government house, Makurdi on Tuesday, shortly after a 5-hour meeting, State Governor, Samuel Ortom frowned at a situation where traditional rulers would be in forefront of fanning the ambers of fire.
He explained that “The meeting resolved that the District Head of Mbatser/Mbamusa in Konsisha LGA, Zaki Mbanongun Gbakera should immediately be suspended for complicity in the crisis.
“The Tor Tiv is to appoint an Acting District Head and set a committee to further investigate the involvement of the suspended traditional ruler.
“The meeting resolved that the demarcation of the boundary between the two LGAs should be carried out as quickly as possible to prevent further crisis in the area.”
The SSC also advised the two warring communities in Konshisha and Oju LGAs to ensure that hostilities between the two communities come an end, so that peace would reign.
It would be recalled that the crisis in the area had claimed the lives of about six persons.
On the lifting of the suspension earlier placed on three traditional rulers in the state, Governor Ortom said, “The State Security Council lifted the suspension of three traditional rulers in Sankera area namely: Mue Ter Chongo, Mue Ter Ipusu and Tyoor Luke Atomigba, District Head of Mbacher in Shitile.
“The traditional rulers were suspended on the August 19, 2019, for the period of six months, for breaching the code of conduct of traditional rulers and that of the Benue State Council of Chiefs and Traditional Councils Law 2016.
“We also ratified the recommendation of the Committee set up to look into the crisis in Sankera area; that Tor Sankera, Chief Abu King Shuluwa should be relocated to Katsina-Ala, the headquarters of the intermediate area, before the end of July, 2020, to effectively attend to issues within his domain.
“It was also the resolution of the Security Council that the security outfit sent to Katsina-Ala to stop the crisis should be strengthened for the sustenance of peace,” he noted.