Ortom Unveils State Security Outfit To Fight Insecurity In Benue

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The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday unveiled the state’s security outfit known as Community Volunteer Guards.

Ortom Unveils State Security Outfit To Fight Insecurity In Benue
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom

The new recruits were unveiled during the passing out parade held at IBB Square, Makurdi.

Ortom said that his administration decided to set up the security outfit due to the failure of the federal government to tackle the Fulani herders-farmers clashes in the state.

The governor pledged to legally procure AK-47, AK-49, and other sophisticated weapons for the group in order to tackle the issue of banditry, kidnapping, robbery, and herdsmen attacks.

Ortom said that 500 personnel drawn from the 23 local government areas of the state were recruited in the first batch. He added that thirty operational vehicles and 200 Communication gadgets were procured for the outfit.

He assured that operations of the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards would be strictly guided by the law and warned that any personnel found operating outside the said Law would be shown the way out forthwith.

He said, “Benue State has been especially targeted because of the historic episode of 1804, but also because of my administration’s insistence on the Rule of Law rather than the rule of terror and for always standing with my people in their refusal to surrender their land, identity and Judeo-Christian faith and values to the Islamization agenda.

“Given the fact that the Federal Government has consistently failed to disarm the Fulani terrorists who have continued to maim and kill our people at will, the State Government is going to apply for a License to legally procure AK47, AK49, and other sophisticated weapons for the Benue State Volunteers Guards to enable them to tackle these murderous terrorists effectively.

“To do this effectively, the Benue State Government had approved a two-week capacity building program for Five Hundred (500) personnel of the Community Volunteer Guards to learn some basic paramilitary aspects. The training which began on 29th June 2022 with five hundred (500) participants drawn from the 23 Local Government Areas and the three Senatorial Districts ended on 12th July 2022.
“A date for Batch 2 would also be announced as soon as possible.”

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