Insecurity: Benue governor Samuel Ortom signs amended law to allow volunteer guards to bear arms

Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue state, on Tuesday, October 26 assented to the amended Community Volunteer Guards law of the state allowing local guards to carry weapons legally recognized by the constitution.

The law was first passed in 2000 by the state house of assembly and assented to by George Akume,

former governor of Benue but Ortom says it has become pertinent to amend the law to aid the guards

complement the “grossly inadequate” conventional security agents in the fight against insecurity

Ortom adds that traditional rulers would oversee the recruitment of the guards as it is according to communities.

Also, Ortom said that there will be recruitment of five persons from each of the kindreds in the state, 10 at the ward level,

while the local government would have representatives from council wards to ensure proper management

and supervision of the guards.

“Those to be recruited must be within the age bracket of 18 to 50 years and should have a means of livelihood,” Ortom said.

“I warn that the guards do their work, devoid of politics.”

Gov. Ortom has always been in favor of the allowance of Nigerians to carry AK-47 in self-defense

and also asked Benue indigenes to carry guns and defend themselves from Fulani herdsmen and gunmen.

By Taiyelolu A

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