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December 21, 2011

Summit encourages farmers to boost local sugar production

About N6 billion is being spent on sugar importation in Nigeria to supplement the sugar needs of the country yearly, the Benue State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Eugene Aliegba has said.

He stated this at the National Sugar Development Summit for the North-Central Zone of the country, held on Tuesday in Makurdi.

Aliegba disclosed that the entire sugar consumption in the country stood at 1.3 metric tonnes, while the local supply was however 1.2 metric tonnes.

November 14, 2011

Six gunmen attacked and fired several shots at Dr. Cletus Akwaya at his uncle’s house in Makurdi.

The Special Adviser to Benue State Governor on Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Cletus Akwaya last night escaped an attempt on his life behind NNPC mega filling station along Oturkpo Road in the Benue state capital, Makurdi.

An eyewitness said Akwaya had visited his uncle Cletus Kula Wawegh and was speaking with his aunt outside when six gunmen attacked him.

November 2, 2011

The Court of Appeal in Makurdi upholds the earlier ruling of an election tribunal in the case

The Court of Appeal in Makurdi has sacked the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Terhemen Tarzor.

This follows an earlier ruling of the elections petitions tribunal which held that the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate for Makurdi North, Avine Agbum, was the actual winner in the April 2011 elections.

September 26, 2011

The Senate President's convoy was involved in an accident that left one dead and two seriously injured.

The convoy of of the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark on Sunday along Otukpo-Makurdi road in Benue State had a fatal accident.

August 27, 2011

When the population is deeply divided along ethnic or religious lines, the revolution quickly degenerates into anarchy.

Revolution? I think not. I have been hearing increasing murmurs by young people saying that a "revolution" is the only way to change Nigeria. The most common definition of a revolution is "an overthrow (usually violent), and thorough replacement of an established government, or political system by the people governed."

August 18, 2011

No fewer than 50 heavy trucks were burnt

A misunderstanding between two factions of the trailer driver's union of the Benue Cement Company (BCC) at Gboko, has left no fewer than 50 heavy trucks burnt and three persons missing, presumed dead.

According to eyewitnesses, the disagreement erupted when a driver of one of the factions allegedly ran over a commercial motorcyclist due to break failure, killing on the spot the cyclist and his passenger, who was a one of the factional leaders.

May 16, 2011

Indications have emerged that senators-elect hold the key to Senator David Mark’s bid to continue in office as Senate President in line with the People Democratic Party’s (PDP) zoning arrangement

As the jostling for principal offices in the National Assembly gains momentum, indications have emerged that senators-elect hold the key to Senator David Mark’s bid to continue in office as Senate President in line with the People Democratic Party’s (PDP) zoning arrangement.

May 15, 2011

The assailants killed the aspirant's spokesman a few days after attacking the state ACN chairman

Suspected assassins, on Friday night, attacked the convoy of the Benue state Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN governorship candidate, Professor Steve Ugbah, killing his spokesman, Charles Ayede. Professor Ugbah escaped narrowly.

March 23, 2011

The Nigerian Air Force has set up a panel to investigate the circumstances that led to the crash of its aircraft on a routine training at Kano State.

The Nigerian Air Force has set up a panel to investigate the circumstances that led to the crash of its aircraft on a routine training at Kano State.

A statement issued yesterday in Abuja and signed by Air Commodore Yusuf Anas, the Head of Department of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, said the plane caught fire as it attempted to take off from the Aminu Kano International Airport.

March 18, 2011

Emmanuel Ajigbo, an aide to retired Maj.-Gen. Lawrence Onoja, the Benue North-Central senatorial candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), has been killed by unknown gunmen.

Emmanuel Ajigbo, an aide to retired Maj.-Gen. Lawrence Onoja, the Benue North-Central senatorial candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), has been killed by unknown gunmen. 

Ajigbo was killed in his Otukpo residence on Friday, the police said.

Ibrahim Zakari, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in-charge of Otukpo, confirmed the assassination. He said the police had visited the scene of the incident and sent signals to the command headquarters in Makurdi.

March 18, 2011

The delay in the completion of the four billion naira Greater Makurdi Water Works project in Benue State has been attributed to shortage of funds.

The delay in the completion of the four billion naira Greater Makurdi Water Works project in Benue State has been attributed to shortage of funds.

Governor Gabriel Suswam stated this on Friday in Makurdi at an interactive session with journalists in Makurdi. “We ran into shortage of funds and that delayed it but we have accessed some funds and the contractors were since being paid,” he said.

February 18, 2011

Residents of Benue State have presented what they want from President Goodluck Jonathan if elected as in the April 2011 general polls. 

Governor Gabriel Suswam presented the request at the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign rally in Makurdi on Thursday.

He said the people of Benue wanted three slots of ministerial appointments, agricultural implements, roads and a major bridge across the River Benue.

January 1, 2011

Dr Audu Achigili, Secretary to the Benue Government is dead.

The SSG died yesterday in a car accident near Apir, a suburb of Makurdi. Dr Cletus Akwaya, Benue State spokesman confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi. Akwaya, who did not give Achigili's age said that the SSG died shortly after a meeting with the local government chairmen whose tenures would end on January 3.
 
According to him, Achigili's last official engagement was in connection with preparations for handing over the local governments