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Why governor Ortom asked 'fearless' citizens to go to church with weapons in Benue

Written By Idoma Television on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | 12:58:00 AM

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has told criminals too shy to approach government directly that they could submit illegal weapons in their possession to the clergy and traditional rulers who would hand over to the amnesty committee.
He spoke at the funeral of the late Mrs. Kwaghngu Victoria Atsaga, in Mbakuha, Ushongo local government area.
Governor Ortom noted that security was his greatest concern and that he would be fulfilled if he did nothing else but secured lives and property in the state.
He added that the arrest of those in possession of illegal weapons for prosecution would commence on the first day of September this year as the amnesty period he had declared would have expired the previous day.

The Governor also pledged to tackle the marginalization of a section of the state in the federal civil service and recruitment into military and paramilitary organizations.

He said his strategy for addressing the issues of the marginalization included the setting up of a committee of retired police commissioners to mobilize indigenes of the state for the next recruitment exercise into the police as well as making relevant contacts with those in charge of the organizations.
He also promised to revive the vigilante groups to assist security agencies in the curbing crime.

In response to the request by Ushongo Caretaker Committee chairman, Mr. Saint Gbilekaa, that an electricity transformer be provided at the home of the late Governor Aper Aku, he said he had obliged.
Governor Ortom prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the deceased whose husband he described as a forthright man who supported his election at great risk.
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