Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has declared that there will be a statewide crackdown on criminals in the state beginning from Monday, May 6.
The governor made the comment at a thanksgiving service at NKST Church Agasha organized in his honour by the Nongov Community Development Association.
The governor stated that with the end of the one week prayer and fasting programme organized in conjunction with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) against evil in the state, it was time to match faith with works, stressing that criminal elements would have no hiding place.
According to him, a task-force comprising the military, the police, civil defence, as well as other security agencies will be engaged to fish out the criminals.
He said the operation will be targeted at kidnappers and cultists who have been harassing innocent people in parts of the state, reminding them of the Benue state law prohibiting kids, cultism and other related crimes.
The governor stated that the objective of the crackdown would be to restore peace to troubled areas, particularly in the Sankera, Gboko, Kwande and other places across the state so that economic and other activities would flourish.
According to him, God had heard the prayers of the people at several previous times such that he was confident that the war against crime would also be won.
He urged the people to reconcile with one another, pointing out that the time for politicking was over even as he reiterated his call on others who contested elections against him to join hands for the development of the state.
In his sermon, Reverend Thomas Chieve, enjoined Christians to imbibe thanksgiving which he said was pleasing to God.
Meanwhile, Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana, reputed to be the most wanted criminal in Benue state is said to have fled to Cameroon.
Information gotten from residents in Kastina-Ala local government area where Gana comes from, indicates he is still coordinating attacks on the Benue/Taraba border.
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