By Sunday Iduh
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has raised the alarm that bandits are planning to attack the state.
Governor Ortom made this known Wednesday at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, during an emergency security council meeting.
According to the governor, intelligence report at his disposal indicated that the bandits are planning to launch attacks on the state.
Ortom said: “If the Fulani bandits have the nerve to attack presidential guard and even coming to Nasarawa in their numbers, which the governor of the state raised the alarm, then we need to be proactive.”
He thereby urged the people of the state to be vigilant and cooperate with security operatives, in order to safe guard the state.
Ortom also called on heads of military and para-military agencies in the state to support the Benue State Community Volunteer Guard (BSCVG).
He said the BSCVG will work with traditional rulers in the state to complement the efforts of conventional security agencies in the state.
According to him, “The BSCVG’s role is to complement. They will be armed with lawful weapons to defend the state while working with other security operatives.
“Five hundred (500) personnel have been trained and kitted. They will commence operation officially tomorrow (Thursday).”
He further noted that the state was committed to doing things in accordance with the law. “Benue state is ever committed to respecting the constitution of the land. Lawlessness will do no one good. The rule of law must not elude us. The rule of law will protect both the strong and the weak,” he said.
“We have not done anything that will frustrate the rule of law. When there is eminent threat, we need to put adequate measures in place and also seek input from experts,” he added.