The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom will today, August 4, 2022, inaugurate the State Community Volunteer Guards (Batch One) in Markurdi the State capital.
This was made known in a statement which was made available to Africa Today News, New York by Terver Akase, the Special Adviser, Media & Publicity on Thursday morning.
The passing-out parade of the Community Volunteer Guards which will take place at IBB Square, Makurdi, is to commence at 10 o’clock in the morning.
The Volunteer Guards who have been put togeether to improve the security situation are drawn from the 23 Local Government Areas of Benue State.
In a related development, Governor Ortom has openly condemned and lamented over the attack on the house of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Usman Abubakar who is popularly known as Young Alhaji in Otukpo.
The Governor had also described the torching of Young Alhaji’s house by yet-to-be-identified persons as unacceptable, barbaric and anti-democracy.
He tasks security operatives to fish out perpetrators of the act and warns those causing unnecessary tension on account of political differences to desist or be prepared to face the long arm of the law.
Governor Ortom sympathizes with Alhaji Abubakar and urges him not to be discouraged by the unfortunate incident.
Also. Ortom claimed that between 2017 and this year, no fewer than 5,000 farmers including women and children have been murdered by armed herdsmen in the state.
The governor also claimed that the state, which prides itself as food basket of Nigeria is losing the status because of the attacks.
He said very soon, Nigerians will start feeling the pains of keeping over 1.5 million farmers at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.