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Benue governor bans political gatherings over security crisis

Governor of Benue, Hyacinth Alia has banned all political gatherings till further notice, owing to the worsening security situation in the state.

The governor ordered the immediate stoppage of gatherings by political parties, groups or individuals, in a statement issued by his Chief of Staff, Paul Biam on Thursday, 29th of February.

According to Alia, the decision followed an intelligence on the volatility of the security atmosphere in the state.

The statement reads in part; “I write to inform you that Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia has banned all political gatherings in any form, be it inter or intra party or groups in Benue State till further notice.

“This has become necessary following intelligence on the volatility of the security atmosphere in the state. It is certainly not news to you how the security atmosphere in the state is charged following the unprecedented influx of armed herdsmen in the state.

“You are by this notification invited to enforce this directive. Accept the assurances and best regards from the Governor of Benue State.”

In other news…

Federal lawmaker, Ned Nwoko, has advocated for a ban on dollars as a necessary measure to halt the current economic challenges and inflation.

He proposed this plenary last Friday that the National Assembly forbid the use of dollars for transactions since Nigeria’s excessive reliance on foreign exchange was hurting the naira and impeding its growth in the global market.

Senator Nwoko, who represents Delta North, said; “We must understand that we have relegated the naira to the background. Everybody is talking about dollars, and the dollar is causing the problem. It might be a difficult thing to contemplate, but what has to be done is that we have to stop the use of dollars in Nigeria.”

However, the lawmaker’s suggestion is in conflict of his personal actions as he often gives his sixth wife, popular actress Regina Daniels’ dollars for personal use.

In January 2023, Daniels revealed that she got $100,000 credit alert from her hubby, days after after she went online to show off the wads of mint naira notes he gifted her.