INSECURITY: GOV. ORTOM COMMISSIONS SECURITY OUTFIT, CALLS ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE LICENSES FOR WEAPONS

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Jimmie Adzande
Makurdi

The governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has commissioned the first batch of Community Volunteer Guards, a security outfit aimed to fight herdsmen invaders, terrorism, banditry and other forms of criminality in the state. The governor calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to grant licenses for the security guards to bear weapons in combating crimes. He says the Community Volunteer Guards law was passed by the George Akume regime although it was not implemented. Ortom also says the security council sat, consulted with relevant stakeholders like the Benue State House of Assembly, the Traditional rulers and the local governments , for the formation of the guards. He says these are volunteers who are willing to defend their land against external invaders.

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The Adviser to the Governor on security, Col. Paul Hemba Rtd says about five hundred guards have undergone training and are combat ready to do the job. He formally presents the guards to the Governor for commissioning.

On his part, the Tor Tiv and Chairman, Benue State Council, His Royal Majesty, Prof. James Ayatse, says the traditional Council in the state participated in selecting the guards. He says the young men and women are of impeccable credentials and appreciates Governor Ortom for the feat.

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The growing spate of insecurity in the country has compelled regional and state governments to provide security alternatives to their corridors, rather than rely solely on the federal government.

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