Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has charged traditional rulers in the state to shun partisan politics.
He also appealed to them to secure their domains by exposing criminals for arrest and prosecution.
The Governor spoke in Gboko at separate meetings with second and third class chiefs as well as district heads in Tiv land yesterday and today.
He said as custodians and symbols of the community they should play fatherly roles rather than taking sides in partisan political contests.
According to him he came to report to them that the people had given him the mandate to be Governor and announced that he had forgiven those who offended him during the campaign and also sought reciprocal forgiveness.
He solicited support and collaboration to promote unity and development of the state.
Governor Ortom stated that armed robbery and kidnapping had assumed alarming proportions and urged that all community leaders must expose criminals for arrest and prosecution.
He said in order to protect lives and property and attract investment into the state crime must reduced to the lowest level.
Ortom explained that he cancelled the appointments of first class chiefs and reversed the deposition of the Gwer West royal father because due process was not followed in carrying out the actions.
He announced that he was collaborating with his Nasarawa and Taraba state counterparts to tackle insurgency even as he was promoting dialogue among herders and farmers.
The traditional rulers led by the Tor Tiv Dr Alfred Torkula, advised the governor to strengthen the Community volunteers Guard Law in the state, sanitize the local government councils, and champion the establishment of ranches among other things.
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