Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom has condemned the decision of the Federal Government not to allow the newly formed Community Volunteer Guards in the state and other State-sponsored security outfits to bear automatic rifles.
Governor Ortom said this on Thursday, September 29th, 2022, in Ibadan, Oyo State, while giving his remark at the 2022 Oyo Stae Governance retreat with the theme: “Finishing Strong: A Legacy of Prosperity.”
He noted that while the Community Volunteer Guards and Amotekun in the South West were legally formed by law but were denied the right to bear AK 47, those in Katsina State have been allowed to carry such weapons.
He also maintained that Government must take the legacy of protecting the lives and property of the people seriously. He called on Government at all levels to prioritize security to ensure that the people live and carry out their businesses in an atmosphere of peace.
The Governor also vowed to use the remainder of his time in office to lay the foundation for projects that will add value to the development of the state.
He further emphasised that his administration carried out massive infrastructural development projects across the state within the past seven years but believes that a lot still needs to be done, adding that lack of funds and time might be the biggest obstacles to completing projects in his state.