- Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has taken steps to address the renewed attacks on innocent citizens
- Ortom has approved the recruitment of more livestock guards and vigilante personnel
- According to the governor, the personnel have already been recruited from the 23 local government areas
Following the recent herdsmen attacks in Benue state, Governor Samuel Ortom has directed the recruitment of more livestock guards and vigilante personnel to help provide intelligence for conventional security agencies.
According to a press release by the Benue state government sent to Legit.ng, Ortom gave the directive on Wednesday, December 16, at Agboughul community of Makurdi local government area.
The governor explained that the move had become necessary in the face of renewed attacks on innocent people of the state by rampaging herdsmen.
He went on to note that the personnels have already been recruited from the 23 local government areas of the state, adding that operations of the community policing would soon begin.
The governor ordered that the special adviser on security matters to liaise with his local government and chieftaincy affairs counterpart and the permanent secretary bureau of internal affairs to effect the recruitment.
Meanwhile, Ortom declared that Benue state will not succumb to attacks by terrorists whose agenda is to occupy the state and destroy lives and property.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Ortom on Saturday, December 12, confirmed that a herdsmen attack on Tse-Angbande community in Makurdi local government area of the state left four persons dead.
The attack which took place on Friday night, December 11, left seven others badly injured.
The governor confirming the incident when he visited the scene of the attack on Saturday, December 12, said the herdsmen struck around 11 pm while people were asleep.
In a related development, Ortom has maintained that no amount of threat, intimidation, or arm twisting will make him reverse the anti-open grazing law.
The governor on Monday, August 17, had raised the alarm that Miyeitti Allah groups were planning to impose violence on Benue state.
He called on security agencies to check the activities of the group and bring their members to justice for their crimes. Ortom disclosed these in a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase.
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