Insecurity: Benue Begins Recruitment of Volunteer Guards

By Denen Achussah

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has announced constituion of Benue State Volunteer Guards, having proscribed the hitherto Benue Vigilante Group operating in the state.

Governor Ortom disclosed this while briefing journalists at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi shortly after a meeting the Commissioner of Police, Benue State Command and State Director Department of State Security Service. Also at the meeting were the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Benue State, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters and the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Internal Affairs as well as some members of the disbanded Benue State Vigilante Group.

The Benue State Volunteer Guards, according to the Governor is a creation of a 2000 law of the state, which was recently adopted for full enforcement by the state security council and other stakeholders.

He said personnel to serve in the Benue State Volunteer Guards will be recruited from kindred levels and are empowered by the extant law of the state to complement conventional security agencies in securing the state.

The proscription of the Vigelante Group is with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, the Governor has enjoined members of the disbanded group that are interested in joining the Community Volunteer Guards to go to their kindreds to be properly enrolled.

He also directed his Senior Special Assistant on Security, Simon Iwar to oversee the new formation with the active supervision of his Security Adviser.


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