Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has vowed to ensure that those responsible for the recent murders in the state were apprehended and brought to book.
He spoke at the burial of the District Head of Utange, in Ushongo local government area, Chief Joseph Kumbur, who was assassinated by unknown gunmen on April 9, 2015.
Governor Ortom, represented by his Special Adviser on Security Colonel Edwin Jando, retired, re-echoed his administration’s resolve to provide security for the people of the state stressing that those behind the gruesome murder of Chief Kumbur will be apprehended and punished to serve as deterrent to others.
He said his administration was determined to curb violent crimes in the state by embarking on the ongoing amnesty program adding that a list being compiled by security agencies indicated that thousands of automatic rifles were in the hands of illegal possessors who had been identified.
Governor Ortom stressed that at the expiration of the program at the end of August, 2015, those who fail to turn over the illegal arms in their possession will be chased to their hiding places and arrested.
In his funeral oration, the Tor Tiv, Dr. Alfred Akawe Torkula, condemned the rate at which prominent sons of Tiv land were being murdered describing the development as worrisome and unacceptable.
Dr Torkula who was represented by the Ter Ushongo, Chief Ambrose Iyortyer appealed that those responsible for the killing of Chief Kumbur be brought to justice.
Chief Iyortyer in his capacity as Ter Ushongo stated that to demonstrate abhorrence for the murder all the royal fathers who attended the funeral resolved neither to taste food nor water at the event.
He charged the family of the deceased to take proper care of dependants left by the late District Head.
In his valedictory sermon, Reverend Jacob Imunan, Pastor of NKST Faajir, likened the death of Chief Kumbur to that of Abel in the Bible who was killed by his brother Cain pointing out that the blood of the deceased, like that of Abel, was crying out to God for justice.
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