Benue Government on Saturday condemned Friday night’s attack on Mr Armstrong Chir, a social media activist, by unknown hoodlums suspected to be political thugs.
This is contained in a press statement issued by Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tahav Agerzua. in Makurdi
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Chir was attacked in his Makurdi residence Friday night and sustained a fracture in one of his legs.
Agerzua said the Governor had already directed security agents to track and apprehend those responsible for the act which he described as reprehensible and condemnable.
“The brutality of the attack which resulted in a fracture on one of the legs of the victim one week after his father was laid to rest and while he was still mourning underscored the heartlessness of the attackers and their sponsors.”
“Gov.Ortom abhorres violence in all its ramifications. He won the 2015 elections without resorting to thugs or violence.’’
He said that the governor was determined to eliminate thuggery and violence and their use to achieve political objectives in the state.
He described those who use such means as discredited politicians who have lost the support of the people and the ability to engage decently in discourse hence their intolerance toward differing opinions.
According to him, the use of force to counter intellectual engagements was a demonstration of lack of cerebral capacity and an unacceptable conduct which has no place in a democratic dispensation that cherished plurality of ideas and opinions.
Agerzua explained that the Ortom led administration has endured all manner of campaigns of calumny, falsehood, and deliberate character assassination without directing anyone to physically attack the perpetrators of such.
“The government would support security agencies to get to the root of the matter.”
The adviser appealed for restraint in the face of what he described as unwarranted provocation and assured that the culprits would be traced and brought to book.