- Benue state government has lost one of its top officials, Jerome Torshimbe
- Torshimbe, before his death, was Governor Samuel Ortom's special adviser to bureau of local government and chieftaincy affairs
- The late aide was recently nominated by Ortom as the chairman of the amnesty rehabilitation committee
Governor Samuel Ortom's special adviser on bureau of local government and chieftaincy affairs, Jerome Torshimbe, was on Tuesday, September 15, reported dead.
According to The Nation which spoke with a family member of Honourable Torshimbe, the late aide to the Benue governor dies in a hospital in Abuja after a brief illness.
The family source disclosed that Torshimbe was transferred to the Abuja hospital from Makurdi his health issue which started as a fever got worse.
The deceased was recently nominated by Ortom as the chairman of the Amnesty Rehabilitation committee in the state.
Before his death, the late aide served the state in various capacities at different times such as a former chairman of Gwer-West local government council in 1992-’93, a commissioner for education during the administration of George Akume and was the director-general of Akume’s senatorial campaign organisation in 2011.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Gabriel Suswam, senator representing Benue north-east and former governor, had condemned the killing of Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana, a notorious criminal in the state. Ortom, on his part, had claimed the Nigerian Army killed him on his way to surrender.
Speaking on his development on Wednesday, September 9, Suswam said the security operatives have not learnt lessons from the killing of Mohammed Yusuf, founder of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group.
Suswam said by killing Gana, the opportunity to learn “vital lessons” about the structure of crime in the state has been lost. “We stand to benefit more by subjecting suspects to due process of the law. Information extracted from a living Gana would have helped security agents get to the root of activities of criminals."
In another post, Legit.ng reported that some Benue state youths had condemned the reaction Suswam over the killing of Terwase Akwaza popularly known as Gana.
The youths under the aegis of the Sankera Youth Forum (SYF) urged Suswam, the senator representing Benue North East in the National Assembly to withdraw his statement on the killing of the state's notorious militia leader.