By Sunday Iduh
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has directed his Special Adviser on Security, Colonel Paul Hemba (Rtd) to liaise with heads of security formations in the state to intensify the enforcement of restriction on operation of motorcyclists in the state.
The governor gave the directive Tuesday at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, shortly before the state Executive Council meeting.
The Benue State Security Council recently announced that motorcycles should only operate from 6am to 8pm across the state, in order to checkmate criminal activities.
“Security is everybody’s business and our people must be vigilant. We will continue to fight for our right. We will not rest.
Speaking on the recent passing out parade of Benue State Community Volunteer Guards, he disclosed that “Benue State Community Volunteer Guards was meant to protect the state and not to intimidate anyone. Criminals should know that the security architecture of the state will catch up with them.
“We have decided to take our destinies in our hands. We want peace. We want to remain the food basket of the nation.”
Reacting to a trending picture of his and other governors with the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, Governor Ortom maintained that it has nothing to do with the way people were interpreting it.
He, however, said the challenges of Nigeria was beyond partisan politics. “At the end, the solution to the challenges of Nigeria is what matters. Where we are today calls for all hands to be on deck,” he said.
The governor pointed out that all presidential candidates were equally free to meet with him. “I am free to receive any candidate who comes visiting or seeking audience with me. I cannot say no when such request comes,” he added.