<<< By Terver Akase >>>
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom says his administration will utilise vigilante groups to complement conventional security agencies to sustain the existing post-amnesty peace in parts of the state.
Governor Ortom made this known when officials of the Benue State Vigilante Group paid him a courtesy call at the Benue People’s House Makurdi.
He described the role of vigilante groups as vital, stressing that if properly harnessed, the local vigilante could be the most effective tool for combating crime as members of the group live closer to the people.
Governor Ortom reiterated the commitment of his administration to the security of lives and property, pointing out that development could only thrive in an atmosphere of peace.
“This administration places priority to the lives of our people. It was in line with that commitment that I declared amnesty for all those who were carrying arms in the state. Now that the amnesty period is over, we are determined to maximise the gains of the programme and I believe that your group (Benue Vigilante) has a key role to play.”
Earlier, the Commander of the Benue Vigilante Group, George Mbessey commended Governor Ortom’s security initiatives and appealed to him to assist the group to enable it function more effectively.
Mr. Mbessey expressed the commitment of the state vigilante group to complementing security agencies to guarantee peace in all parts of the state.