- Governor Ortom and Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore are exchanging hot words over the group's bid to establish a vigilante group in Benue state and other parts of Nigeria
- Miyetti Allah had threatened to sue Ortom, asking him to apologise for saying the group's desperation to establish a vigilante group shows it has ulterior motives
- The Benue state governor, however, said he can't be intimidated, adding that his lawyers are currently studying the group's letter
Governor Samuel Ortom has reacted to the threat of the Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore to take legal action against him and Benue state over the group's controversial attempt to establish a vigilante group in the state.
The group had said it would establish a vigilante group across the country as part of measures to curtail insecurity.
Governor Ortom, however, warned the association against establishing the vigilante group in Benue state, describing the move as another ploy to take its activities to another level.
Responding to Ortom, the Fulani socio-cultural group asked the Benue governor to tender an apology or be taken to court.
“The apology should be published in a conspicuous part, especially the front pages thereof within seven days of your receipt of this letter and failure to do that, we will have no other option but to activate the legal machinery of the law against you and Benue state,” it said.
However, Governor Ortom, in a statement on Tuesday, August 11, said he is not intimidated by the group's threat.
Ortom said he has received the letter from the group and his team of lawyers were already working on it and would respond accordingly, according to the statement by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase.
The governor also described as a lie the claim by Miyetti Allah that its vigilante outfit was embedded in the Vigilante Group of Nigeria and was already functional in the 36 states of the country.
He said the desperation being exhibited by Miyetti Allah to float a security outfit across the country showed that the group had ulterior motives.
“Vigilante is a neighbourhood arrangement, not a national programme. It is, therefore, a vain attempt by Miyetti Allah to try to force their security outfit on all states of the federation," the statement read.
Meanwhile, in another report, Governor called on the federal government to allow those he refers to as responsible citizens to carry sophisticated weapons like AK47 so as to protect each other.
The Benue state governor gave the advice uring a virtual meeting attended by members of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) and Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), on Wednesday, August 12.
As part of his suggestions, the Benue governor advocated more funding from the government and stakeholders for Nigeria's security agencies and regular training of their operatives to enable them to be abreast of global dynamics in the fight against insurgency and all forms of violent crimes.
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