The Benue government has signed the amended Community Volunteer Guards law of the state.
The State Governor Samuel Ortom signed the amended security Law on Tuesday at Government House, Markurdi.
The Law was first passed in 2000 by the Benue State House of Assembly and assented to by George Akume, former governor of Benue.
In the just amended Law, local guards are now empowered to bear arms legally recognised by the constitution.
According to the Governor, “Over 20 years later, it has become pertinent to amend the Law to aid the guards in complementing the grossly inadequate conventional security agents in the fight against insecurity.
“Traditional rulers would oversee the recruitment of the guards since it is community-based.”
He said five persons would be recruited from each of the kindreds in the state, ten at the ward level. At the same time, the local government would have representatives from council wards to ensure proper management and supervision of the guards.
“Those to be recruited must be within the age bracket of 18 to 50 years and should have a means of livelihood.
“I warn that the guards do their work, devoid of politics,” the governor added.