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Benue Governor Disbands Illegal Vigilante Groups

Benue Governor Disbands Illegal Vigilante Groups

Governor, Samuel Ortom of Benue State has proscribed Vigilante groups illegally operating in the state and directed that anyone seen wearing the groups’ uniforms should be arrested and prosecuted.

A statement from the Governor's Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase and made available to newsmen in Makurdi said the proscription takes immediate effect.

The Governor said the Benue State Volunteer Guards which law was enacted in the year 2000 and was recently adopted for full enforcement by the state security council and other stakeholders would be constituted.

Governor Ortom had met with the State Commissioner of Police, State Director Department of State Security Service, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Special Adviser on Security Matters, as well as Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Internal Affairs with some members of the disbanded Benue State Vigilante Group also present at the meeting.

Governor Ortom enjoined members of the disbanded Vigilante who are interested in joining the Community Volunteer Guards to go to their kindred to be properly enrolled.

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