The Benue state government yesterday set up an amnesty committee to anchor its amnesty program.
State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who announced the decision after a security council meeting stated that the Committee would be headed by the State Deputy Governor, Engineer Benson Abounu.
He said other members were heads of the various relevant security operatives and some traditional rulers.
Governor Ortom who made the announcement at the display of more arms which illegal possessors surrendered at the Benue People’s House, said that was one of the far reaching decisions taken at the state security council meeting.
He restated his administration’s commitment to the amnesty program, saying for now he was adopting the carrot approach in collecting the arms but would use the stick approach at the end of this month if the directive was not fully complied with.
The Governor who thanked those that have so far submitted arms, promised that his government would not expose them and urged members of the public to assist in information gathering so as to ensure the success of the amnesty program.
Earlier in a remark, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Colonel Edwin Jando, retired had stated that though the amnesty program was steadily gathering momentum with submission of weapons, he was expecting that more weapons, especially those acquired by the last administration would be turned in.
He expressed optimism that within the stipulated time, those in custody of such weapons would see the need to surrender them and get integrated into the society.
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