Benue News

Ortom Presents 18 Vehicles, 100 Motorcycles to Livestock Guards, Vigilante Groups

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom today presented 18 pick-up trucks and 100 motorcycles to Livestock Guards and Vigilante groups to facilitate the implementation of the Anti-open Grazing Law. He urged members of the groups to abide by their rules of engagement which they were already conversant with and avoid taking laws into their hands. Governor Ortom said the vehicles and motorcycles were meant to facilitate the work of the Vigilante and the Guards who he said must work with the conventional security agencies in the State to ensure full compliance with the law. Special Adviser on Security Matters, Colonel Edwin Jando, retired, stated that each of the two groups would receive nine vehicles and 50 motorcycles. In separate responses, the Commandant, Benue State Vigilante, Mr.George Mbessey, and the Chairman, Livestock Guards, Alhaji Aliyu Tershaku expressed gratitude to the Governor for facilitating their assignment and pledged to justify the confidence reposed in them. In a related development four herdsmen have been arrested for violating the law, murder and rape. Speaking with newsman after the presentation of the vehicles the Governor said two persons had been killed one from Logo Local Government and the other from Guma following attacks by herdsmen while others who sustained injuries were receiving treatment in hospitals. According to him, some of the herdsmen who launched the two attacks killing and wounding people as well as raping a woman ran away but were pursued and arrested by security agencies. He said they were now in the custody of the Benue State Police Command stressing that they would be prosecuted in accordance with the law. The Governor pledged that his administration would not condone any form of impunity.