GOV ORTOM PLEDGES COLLABORATION WITH VIGILANTE GROUP TO FIGHT CRIME


By Godwin Akor
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has assured members of the Benue State Chapter of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria of support in the fight to rid the society of criminals.
Governor Ortom who received members of the group at Benue People's House today, said law enforcement agencies needed synergy with other organizations to enable them to succeed.
He said his administration would continue to make the provision of security a priority and advised the vigilante group to put their house in order in such a manner that organisations with similar objectives would not work at cross purposes.
The Governor directed the Special Adviser on Security to harmonise the various vigilante groups in the state into one formidable body that can receive government support.
He disclosed that law enforcement agents and members of the civilian joint task force recorded a major success recently when they arrested several criminals with four AK 47 rifles, one pump action, 250 rounds of live ammunition and eight magazines.
Governor Ortom said the stick approach would be applied after the carrot approach that was used during the period of amnesty and noted that no criminal would henceforth be spared.
While insisting that he could not preside over a state dominated by criminals, the Governor said with the dedication of the state to God, no stone would be left unturned in the area of the fight against crime and corruption.
Earlier, the Benue State Commander of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Samuel Ahungwa Zungwenen, told the Governor that members have been apprehending fake currency dealers and other criminals and requested him to equip and furnish their new head office.
Mr Zungwenen said the Governor would be invited to commission the head office adding that as patron of the organization he would be decorated with the appropriate rank during the occasion.
He commended the Governor's security measures since he assumed office especially the amnesty programme and the efforts to end the Fulani herdsmen's invasion and requested for assistance in the areas of mobility and the permission to produce locally made arms.
The group was led to Benue People's House by the state matron, Mrs Regina Akume, JP.
GOV ORTOM PLEDGES COLLABORATION WITH VIGILANTE GROUP TO FIGHT CRIME GOV ORTOM PLEDGES COLLABORATION WITH VIGILANTE GROUP TO FIGHT CRIME Reviewed by Link Naija on 06:49:00 Rating: 5

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