From Vincent Nyinongu, Makurdi
Governor Samuel Ortom has called for the establishment of North Central Security outfit to complement existing security agencies.
Governor Ortom who stated this today while briefing newsmen on the current security situation in the state, said a security outfit like the Amotekun of the South-west has become necessary as it would help the police, military and other security agencies to curb crimes across the works and crannies of the regionbetter.
The Governor said the magnitude of the current security challenges in the state were overwhelming, and requires collective efforts in tackling it.
While reiterating security of lives and properties as priority to any reasonable government, Ortom said unless our farmers who are now in the IDP camps were assured of their safety, they would not return to settle in their respective homesto engage in farming, a situation which according tothe Governor would hamper food supply thereby creating food crises in the state and the region.
He, however, stated that his government was doing everything possible including an option of establishing a state security outfit to help secure the state so that the people can live in peace and go about their normal businesses without threat.
“There would be need to establish a security outfit to me as a person though we have not met at regional level, it will be ideal for Benue State to have something in place that would complement and collaborate what the state security is doing because they are grossly inadequate. How can a whole local government like Guma will have less than fifty policemen and other local governments even haveless policemen and so this is the challenge we are facing. We are not criticizing any one but we are saying the truth and it is something that we need to collectively come together and handle”
On the internal crisis occasioned by struggle for farmland as farming season approaches, the Governor tasked traditional rulers to wade into any matter of land dispute to ensure that it was resolved amicably through peaceful dialogue rather than carrying arms against each other.