Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Tuesday disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed the state’s amnesty programme initiated by his administration to mop up illegal arms and ammunition in the possession of non-state actors.
Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with Buhari at the State House, Abuja, the governor said the president gave his blessings to the programme after he briefed him on the security situation in the state.
According to Ortom, President Buhari was impressed with the success of the amnesty programme, which commenced last year with appreciable level of success, and gave him the nod to continue with it as part of efforts to keep the state and the nation safer.
He said the state government would in turn support efforts of the federal government on the war against corruption because the optimum use of the country’s vast resources at a time of dwindling oil revenues is seriously hampered by corruption.
Governor Ortom also seized the opportunity to debunk the recent allegations that his administration has misused the bailout funds.