Benue government will submit gun request to Buhari this week, says Ortom

The Benue State government has announced that it will formally submit to President Muhammadu Buhari this week an application for approval of licenses for the purchase of AK 47 and AK 49 rifles on behalf of the new volunteer community guards in Benue. Benue State.

Governor Samuel Ortom made this known on Sunday August 7, 2022 during the reception hosted by the President of the Customary Court of Appeals, Justice Cosmas Idye on the occasion of his 35 years of marriage and admission to the bar of his son, Marcel Idye.

He said the state government had not violated the Federation constitution and was therefore right to pass the law establishing the security team, which is designed to help conventional security agencies fight against crime in the state.

The Governor asserted that “as long as we enact laws that are not in conflict with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we are right to establish the Benue State Volunteer Community Guards.”

Governor Ortom insisted that his office had made the necessary arrangements to forward the letter to President Buhari who he acknowledged is constitutionally empowered to grant such licenses and expressed hope that the President would would grant “favorable consideration”.

He pointed out that although the law establishing the State Security Team empowers it to carry certain categories of weapons, it was imperative that they carry AK 47s and AK 49s to match what Fulani terrorists have who kill people in the state.

The governor, however, said that if the president refuses to grant the license, he would fall back on Benue stakeholders for the next step, saying he and the people could not be intimidated into handing over the land to the attackers. .

He also reiterated his administration’s determination to work in harmony with the legislative and judicial branches of government to strengthen democratic structures, noting that he has consistently promoted the autonomy of the other branches.

Governor Ortom and his wife, Dr Eunice, earlier joined other dignitaries at a service of thanksgiving for businessman Chief Felix Akiga, who celebrated his 60th anniversary.

The Thanksgiving services, which were held at St. Dominic Shachi Church and NKST, Lobi, Makurdi attracted dignitaries from across the country including the new President Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, His Eminence, Reverend Daniel Okay.

Speaking at the church service, Governor Ortom described the celebrant as a great son of Benue who touched lives by using his hard-earned resources to reach the less privileged.

Governor said what Chief Akiga has done both internationally and locally to add value to humanity is what God expects from every individual and urged those in privileged positions to emulate him .

In his address, the President of CAN, His Eminence, Rev. Daniel Okoh stressed the importance of appreciating God for his grace, saying that without God’s protection, he would not have been alive.

The CAN President who thanked God for preserving the life of Mr. Felix Akiga by providing him with the necessary resources to serve God and humanity called on others to imbibe the spirit of always thanking God for what he did for them, no matter how little.

Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse urged those who have registered for their permanent voter cards, PVCs to ensure that they collect the PVCs to enable them to participate in next year’s elections by voting for credible people.

Business tycoon Mr. Felix Akiga said the thanksgiving was to appreciate God for preserving his life and making it successful during his sixty-year journey and promised to re-dedicate his life in the service of God.

Other dignitaries include TETFUND Executive Secretary Arc Sonny Echono, former Benue State Deputy Governor Chief Steven Lawani and University of Jos Vice Chancellor Professor Ishaya Tanko among others.