The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has condemned in very strong terms the action of security personnel at the main entrance of Air Force Base in Makurdi, the State capital.
Ortom told newsmen at Government House, Makurdi, that security personnel barred him from getting to the airport of Nigeria Airforce.
He said he was denied entrance at the Air Force base gate by security personnel on his way to receive the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
The Vice President was on his way to Wukuri, Taraba State, en route to Benue to attend the convocation of the Federal University, Wukari.
Brandishing a letter, “addressed to the Governor from the State House Abuja, dated 10th February 2022 with reference VP/SP/DOP/26 and titled: “visit of His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, Vice President, the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Wukari, Taraba State transiting NAF Base, Makurdi, on Saturday, 12th February 2022,” Ortom said he was not at the airport to gate-crash.
The Governor described the action by the security personnel as an unacceptable breach of protocol and politics taken too far.
He expressed regret that he had set out to attend the burial of Professor Ignatius Ayua but had to delegate his deputy to receive the Vice President when he received communication via a letter from the presidency intimating him of the vice president’s transit visit.
Unfortunately, on getting to the main gate of the airforce, security personnel at the entrance said the Governor’s convoy won’t be allowed in because, according to them, they were not informed about the Governor’s visit to the base to receive the vice president.
The Governor wondered why he should be treated like that by the airforce personnel in the state where he is the state’s, Chief Security Officer.
He vowed to report the matter to the Vice President for necessary action, stressing that there should be a clear difference between politics and governance.