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

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

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, on Tuesday, October 26 assented to the amended Community Volunteer Guards legislation of the state permitting native guards to hold weapons legally recognised by the structure.

The legislation was first handed in 2000 by the state home of meeting and assented to by George Akume, former governor of Benue however Ortom says it has turn out to be pertinent to amend the legislation to assist the guards complement the “grossly inadequate” typical safety brokers within the combat in opposition to insecurity.

 

Ortom added that conventional rulers would oversee the recruitment of the guards as it’s community-based.

Ortom mentioned 5 individuals could be recruited from every of the kindreds within the state, 10 on the ward degree, whereas the native authorities would have representatives from council wards to make sure correct administration 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 mentioned.

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

In the previous Ortom has been in favour of Nigerians being allowed to hold AK-47 in self-defence and likewise requested Benue indigenes to hold weapons and defend themselves from Fulani herdsmen and gunmen.

 

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