Civil Society Groups back Ortom for reconciling Channels TV reporter and wife

Civil Society Groups back Ortom for reconciling Channels TV reporter and wife

- Governor Samuel Ortom has been commended by some prominent civil society organisations in the country

- The organisations say the governor's intervention in the domestic dispute between a journalist and his wife should be emulated

- The groups, however, decried the comments against the governor's decision by some individuals

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Some civil society organisations have backed the intervention of Governor Samuel Ortom in the domestic squabble involving Mr. Pius Angbo of Channels Television and his wife, Dr. Ifenyinwa Angbo.

The CSOs are Centre for Domestic Violence and Peace, Save Humanity Initiative and Youths for Peace Alliance.

The groups commended the governor for his intervention, saying he played the role of a father by reconciling the couple.

A statement sent to by the groups on Wednesday, December 9 condemned the criticisms from a section of the public over the governor's action.

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Pius and his wife have since reconciled and they are back home. Photo credit: @benuestategovt
Source: Twitter

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The groups argued that Governor Ortom acted in the best interest of the affected family and everyone else who loves matrimonial peace and harmony.

Part of the statement read:

“Governor Ortom has shown a great sense of leadership in uniting that family and further affirmed that he is truly a father figure to all Benue people.
“The governor has further demonstrated that he is a humane leader who cares about the future of Benue children. His intervention has saved the four children of the Angbos from the uncertain future that was staring them in the face if their parents were allowed to fall apart.”

The groups commended Governor Ortom and urged him not to be discouraged by a few dissenting voices those they described as enemies of peace.

The groups further said:

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“We acknowledge that domestic and gender violence is highly condemnable and should not be condoned under any guise, but when a family is about to collapse it should be saved by whatever means also considering the damage that comes with products of broken homes.
“We strongly condemn insinuations from certain quarters that Governor Ortom wanted to shield Pius Angbo from facing justice.
“We wonder why some persons have chosen to take medicine on what is not their headache. Mrs. Angbo has already told people to leave them alone, that they are now back and happy together.” had earlier reported that Governor Ortom reconciled the Channel's TV reporter and his wife after meeting them at the Government House, Makurdi on Monday, December 7.

The governor counselled them to always settle their differences amicably and shun the temptation of engaging in violence.

A statement sent to on Monday, December 7 by the spokesman of the governor, Terver Akase, quoted the Benue state chief executive as saying, as a young couple with great potentials, the husband being a versatile journalist and the wife a medical doctor, there was the need for them to foster a strong union to serve as models to others.

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Meanwhile, Nigerian singer, Simi, had earlier tweeted on the incident, saying Mrs Angbo was possibly risking her safety by calling out her husband on the issue of domestic abuse.

Simi also made mention of the bothersome issue of women who suffer from physical abuse feeling unsafe in their homes.

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