<<< By Terver Akase >>>
The stick approach of the amnesty programme of the Ortom administration has continued to yield positive results.
Earlier today, the Benue State Command of the Department of State Services, DSS, presented to the Governor Samuel Ortom, a syndicate of kidnappers and child traffickers which operates between Makurdi – Otukpo in Benue and Okigwe in Abia State.
Those paraded were Adejo Ogiri who is said to be the inn syndicate’s anchor man in Benue, Michael Uzochukwu Ezekiel, Afonne Edward Nwokocha, Henry Ndukwe and Ifeanyi Sunday Isaac.
Some of the children kidnapped by the gang included Emmanuel Ogochukwu Abedi, Favour Chijioke Oleka, James Ochoyama Adanu and Joseph Abode.
Handing some of the freed children to the parents who had so far identified them, Governor Ortom said the success being recorded through the stick approach of the amnesty programme was a manifestation of the commitment of his administration to security.
He said Benue is not a place for criminals, stressing that those who refuse to embrace peace and are involved in kidnapping, chid trafficking, armed robbery and cultism will be made to regret their actions as they will be apprehended and brought to justice.
Governor Ortom who was flanked by the Deputy Governor, Engineer Benson Abounu and other members of the State Executive Council, urged the people of the state to always assist security agencies with timely and useful information to enable them effectively perform their duties.