The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has vowed to apply force to ensure peace is restored to the state.
Ortom made this known while State House correspondents shortly after meeting Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.
The governor said he was at the State House to brief the Presidency of efforts being made to tackle the situation.
Ortom recalled that at the inception of his administration, he introduced an amnesty programme which was designed as a carrot and stick approach to ending insecurity.
He said while the first approach succeeded to some level with some people surrendering their arms, many others have since returned to their old ways because they are not sincere.
The governor said, “The carrot approach succeeded to some extent with may people surrendering arms. But some went back to their old ways because they are not sincere.
“We have now adopted the stick approach. All security agencies in the state must restore safety to the state.
“The state must be secured from robbers, kidnappers and assassins. We need to get rid of criminals from our society.
“We also intend to encourage investors and they will not come if the state is not secured.”
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