COVID-19: Nine Ortom’s aides test positive

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The dreaded Coronavirus seems to have gotten a fertile ground among top echelon of Benue governors enclave as nine of his aides have tested positive.

The Benue Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu, on Wednesday revealed the unpleasant news.

Abounu, who made the disclosure in Makurdi during a press conference, said despite the number of aides that tested positive for the virus, all government activities were going on smoothly.

It was reported that Ortom had through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase, announced that his latest COVID-19 test result had returned positive.

Abounu, the State Chairman of Action Committee on COVID-19, said the committee had already carried out contact tracing of those who came in contact with all those infected by the virus.

He said though nine aides tested positive for COVID-19, the pandemic had yet to affect the day-to-day running of government in the state.

The deputy governor announced that the state’s Livestock Guards arrested six herders and apprehended 386 cattle on Jan. 23 and 26 at Kaseyo village in Guma Local Government Area of the state.

He said the state Anti Open Grazing Law of the state was succeeding and effective.

According to him, the main aim of the law is to protect Nigerian citizens, including herders and farmers who are constantly having conflicts.

“No Nigerian is prohibited from owning land anywhere in the country, but they have to obey the laws of the area.

“Those willing to come and graze here must buy land and ranch their herds. They must obey our laws,” he said.

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