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Benue COVID-19 committee vice chairman dies of virus

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Kaduna extends curfew, deploys more soldiers to Zango Kataf

Vice Chairman, Benue State Action Committee on COVID-19 and Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi, Professor Godwin Achinge, has died of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) complications.

The Guardian gathered from a member of the committee, who preferred anonymity, that Achinge died yesterday afternoon at an undisclosed hospital in Jos, Plateau State, where he was being treated.

But the Commissioner for Information and member of the committee, Mrs. Ngunan Addingi, said she was yet to confirm the report from the deputy governor/chairman of the committee, Benson Abounu.

In the same vein, the Kaduna State Government deployed more soldiers to Zango Kataf communities and extended the curfew imposed on troubled areas yesterday, amid protests by the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) of vindictiveness and high-handedness against the inhabitants.

There was a bloody clash in the council on June 11 among Kataf, Hausa and Fulani communities over ownership of farmlands. As a result of the renewed crisis, the government on June 12 imposed 24-hour curfew in Kauru and Zango Kataf councils.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who visited the area to assess the situation, said the curfew extension was part of steps to manage the tension and restore calm.

Reacting to the state government’s decision, National Publicity Secretary of SOKAPU, Luka Biniyat, said “the action is what we have been accusing the government of perpetuating against our people; in order words, vindictiveness and high-handedness in trying to suppress us.

“Extending the curfew and deployment of more troops in Zango Kataf and Kauru has no meaning to us. They have been doing this in the past to suppress our people,”

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