PDP Lauds Ortom Over Community Volunteer Guards

Admin 05-Aug-2022 Defence

By Halima Babali 

The Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has commended the state Governor, Samuel Ortom for commissioning the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards.

The PDP said it was a step taken in defense of the universally recognised right of all humans to life.

The party, in a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Bemgba Lortyom, sees the step as inevitable where the national security architecture under the control of the federal government has proven inadequate to guarantee protection of the lives and properties of citizens in the state from criminals and terrorists.

The statement added, that it is the understanding of the party under provisions of the Benue State Vigilante Law (As Amended), that the first batch of 500 volunteer guards were commissioned after professional training to bear legally approved weapons and act to complement the conventional security agencies in the state.

The party also said that this measure is targeted at addressing emerging security issues, majorly the tide of wanton killings of peasant farmers and sacking of others from their lands by armed terrorist herdsmen.

Bemgba said Benue PDP shares in the governor's burden over the sad reality of over 5000 men, women and children that have so far been killed in the state, and another over 2 million persons who have been displaced from their homes and now living in IDP camps following the activities of the herdsmen.

 The PDP noted that the terror group's campaign "has spread across Nigeria, with Benue State specifically targeted because of the administration’s insistence on the rule of law rather than the rule of terror."

It added that the onslaught was due to the Governor's standing with his people in their refusal to surrender their land, identity and Judeo-Christian faith and values to the Islamization agenda."

“As clearly stated by the governor, the operations of the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards would be strictly guided by the enabling law, and any personnel found operating outside the law would be shown the way out, and this to us as the sponsoring platform of the governor and his administration is consistent with our mandate to uphold the rule of law in the preservation of the sanctity of human life.

He said PDP in Benue State appreciates the State Assembly, the traditional leadership institution, security agencies and various stakeholders for working with the governor to bring into being the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards.

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