Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has revealed plans to tender a formal request to the federal government, seeking to arm the recently inaugurated volunteer guards in the state.
Ortom, who spoke at the State House on Monday, touched on the legality of arming the guards, irrespective of whether the request is denied by the FG.
Referencing the ignorance shown by the national leaders of the country, on the possession of AK-47 guns and other firemans by fulani herdsmen, Ortom insisted that the decision to arm the volunteer guards will stand. He revealed that a letter will be ready for submission to Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, to acquire license allowing the community volunteer guards in Benue State to possess firearms.
Speaking on behalf of representatives of Northern Christian Women Coalition (NCWC), Chairperson Princess Leah commended the governor for his decision to back the legality and regularities expected from the group. She also cited the spate of insecurity in the country, stating the need to arm the volunteer guards against crime perpetrators.
Governor Ortom also stated that the move was arrived at; following a joint decision taken by the state security and executive council, to end the continued attacks on indigenes.