Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today requested compensation for residents of North Bank who were attacked by soldiers recently.
He made the request during a visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja during which he submitted a comprehensive report on the matter.
The Governor who described the development as unfortunate said the military and the civilian community had enjoyed peaceful coexistence in the state and stressed the need for peace building measures.
He requested compensation for the victims most of who he said had lost their means of livelihood and commended the Commandant of the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, NASME, for taking steps to curb the escalation of the situation.
Governor Ortom appealed for the recruitment of more indigenes of the state in the military on account of the previous sacrifices they made in uniting the country resulting in Benue having the second largest number of exservicemen in Nigeria.
He also expressed the willingness to host the annual Chief of Army Staff Conference in Makurdi.
In his response, General Buratai assured that an inquiry has been constituted and that those found culpable would be punished even as he promised to look into the request.
He urged the Governor to also consider military engineers in the award of civil engineering contracts pointing out that it had incorporated a company to execute such jobs.
General Buratai also requested land for the Army’s property company to construct barracks and markets.
Governor Ortom, on return to Makurdi, received relief materials from the Chinese Group Overseas Company, CGOC, for onward distribution to flood victims.
The items included rice, flour, vegetable oil, and indomie.