Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today declared his determination to chase criminals especially armed robbers and kidnappers out of the state.
He made the disclosure when the Executive committee of the socio-cultural organization, Mdzough U Tiv, visited him at the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi.
The Governor said these category of people posed a serious threat to residents and investment into the state since no investor was willing to invest in an insecure environment.
He said he was collaborating with the conventional security apparatus, traditional rulers, youths, as well as the Civilian Joint Task Force to use the carrot and stick approach to rout the criminals.
According to him he was happy that peace building efforts between Tiv farmers and Fulani herdsmen had started yielding results with the two groups signing a peace accord in Logo local government area and thereafter playing football together.
Ortom reiterated his appeal to citizens to forgive and reconcile with one another so as to create what he described as a new Benue.
The Governor urged leaders of the group to shun partisan politics and promote unity of all Tiv people irrespective of political and religious affiliation.
Earlier, President General of the organization, Chief Engr. Edward Ujege listed the consolidation of peace building efforts between farmers and herders started by the previous administration, the teaching of Tiv language in schools and support for Tiv day slated for December, 2015 as areas which the governor should attend to.
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