The Benue state safety outfit generally known as Neighborhood Volunteer Guards will quickly be legally carrying AK-47, AK-49 and different refined weapons to safeguard the state.
This comes after Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday mentioned he is planning to amass the delicate weapons for the Neighborhood Volunteer Guards.
Ortom mentioned that 500 personnel drawn from the 23 native authorities areas of the state have been recruited within the first batch.
The brand new recruits have been unveiled through the passing out parade held at IBB Sq., Makurdi.
The governor mentioned that his administration determined to represent the safety outfit because of the failure of federal authorities to disarm the fulani terrorists.
Ortom mentioned, “Benue State has been particularly focused due to the historic episode of 1804, but additionally as a result of my administration’s insistence on the Rule of Regulation fairly than rule of terror and for at all times standing with my individuals of their refusal to give up their land, identification and Judeo-Christian religion and values to the Islamization agenda.
“Given the truth that the Federal Authorities has constantly didn’t disarm the Fulani terrorists who’ve continued to maim and kill our individuals at will, the State Authorities goes to use for a License to legally procure AK47, AK49 and different refined weapons for the Benue State Volunteers Guards to allow them deal with these murderous terrorists successfully.
“To do that successfully, the Benue State Authorities had accepted a two-week capability constructing programme for 5 Hundred (500) personnel of the Neighborhood Volunteer Guards to be taught some fundamental paramilitary facets. The coaching which started on twenty ninth June, 2022 with 5 hundred (500) members drawn from the 23 Native Authorities Areas and the three Senatorial Districts ended on twelfth July, 2022.
“A date for the Batch 2 would also be announced as soon as possible.”
The governor expressed optimism that the revealing of safety outfit will enhance the state, stressing, “The issue of banditry, kidnapping, robbery, and most of all, the issue of terrorists Fulani herdsmen attack would be reduced to the barest minimum.”
He assured that operations of the Benue State Neighborhood Volunteer Guards could be strictly guided by the legislation and warned that any personnel discovered working outdoors the mentioned Regulation could be proven the way in which out forthwith.
Thirty operational automobiles and 200 Communication devices have been procured to allow the Volunteer Guards operate maximally.