Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has set up a panel to look into the controversy surrounding mining activities in Owukpa, Ogbadibo local government areas of the state.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Terver Akase stated this on Monday at a press conference in Makurdi.
Akase said the panel headed by the Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu, also has the Head of Service, Veronica Onyeke, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Michael Gusa, as well as Security Adviser to the Governor retired Lieutenant Colonel Paul Hembah.
He said that the Abounu-led committee would meet with stakeholders in Owukpa as well as the affected mining companies and report back to the government.
Akase also clarified the arrest of an activist, Okwori Onaji, saying the government had no hand in his detention, contrary to some media reports which earlier blamed the incident on the government.