Breaking news: Police seals off APC state secretariat in Benue

The All Progressives Congress, or APC, State secretariat in Makurdi has been shut off by the Benue State Police Command, and the Executives led by Mr. Austin Agada are not allowed to have their planned political meeting on Friday, March 1, 2024.
The newly appointed Executive Director of Housing, Finance, and Accounts for the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Dr. Matthias Byuan, was invited to the meeting by the APC executives in Makurdi, along with a few other key stakeholders.
But in a letter to Mr. Agada, sent by Deputy Commissioner of Police Samuel Gimba on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, the State Police Commnad recommended that the meetings be canceled.

Police seals off APC state secretariat in Benue

The Command cited a previous correspondence it obtained from Governor Hyacinth Alia, which imposed an embargo on any kind of political assembly or meeting within the state.

Due to the unstable security situation in the state, the governor, through his Chief of Staff, Paul Biam, prohibited all political meetings and gatherings in the state in a letter dated February 27, 2024.

“I write to inform you that Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alla has banned all political gatherings in Benue State until further notice, be it inter- or intra-party or group gatherings,” stated the letter in question.

After intelligence revealed the instability of the state’s security environment, this has become imperative. “The state’s security environment has become increasingly intense after an extraordinary influx of armed herders, which is undoubtedly nothing new to you.

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With this message, you are invited to carry out this instruction.
In a letter to Mr. Agada, the Police recommended that he halt the aforementioned meetings in response to Governor Alia’s request. The correspondence stated: “I am referring to your February 7, 2024 letter informing my office of your plan to convene the APC’s State Executive Committee (SEC) meeting and stakeholders meeting on March 1 and 3, 2024, respectively.

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“But given the directive from the Executive Governor of Benue State prohibiting the holding of any kind of political meeting or assembly in the State due to the unstable security environment in the State, I would like to ask that you postpone the aforementioned meetings as well as any other political gatherings until further notice!”
APC’s State Secretariat on J. S. Tarka Road in Makurdi was shut off by the police on Friday morning at 6 a.m., based on the correspondences. Severe-looking police officers were in command of the buildings’ access routes.

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