Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has launched an offensive against armed men terrorising communities in the state.
On Thursday Governor Ortom unveiled the Benue state security outfit known as Community Volunteer Guards.
The governor at the event pledged that his administration would legally procure AK-47, AK-49, explosives and other sophisticated weapons for the group to fight “murderous Fulani herdsmen” attacking farmers in the state.
Ortom said that 500 personnel drawn from the 23 local government areas of the state were recruited in the first batch.
The recruits were unveiled during the passing out parade held at the IBB Square, Makurdi.
The governor said that his administration decided to constitute the security outfit due to the failure of the federal government to disarm the Fulani terrorists.
He expressed optimism that unveiling of the security outfit will improve the state, stressing, “The issue of banditry, kidnapping, robbery, and most of all, the issue of terrorists Fulani herdsmen attack would be reduced to the barest minimum.”
According to him, “Benue State has been especially targeted because of the historic episode of 1804, and also because of my administration’s insistence on the Rule of Law rather than a rule of terror and for always standing with my people in their refusal to surrender their land, identity, Christian faith and values to the Islamisation 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 License to legally procure AK47, AK49 and other sophisticated weapons for the Benue State Volunteers Guards to enable them tackle these murderous terrorists effectively.
“To do this effectively, the Benue State Government has approved a two-week capacity-building programme 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.
Governor Samuel Ortom assured that operations of the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards would be strictly guided by the law and warned that any person found operating outside the said Law would be shown the way out forthwith.