The Benue youths Forum has hailed Governor Samuel Ortom over the recently signed into law Volunteer guard bill
In a statement issued by Terrence Kuanum, President of the Forum, the youths said they received with excitement the news of the signing into law of the bill.
“The proactive response of Governor Ortom in once again, taking that bold step towards securing the life and property of his people is truly unprecedented and very commendable.
“At the moment, community policing remains the only viable option to check the escalating insecurity in the country which have left the federal government either helpless or unconcerned, having seen the near-collapse of the nation’s security architecture.
“Intelligence gathering is no doubt the key to resolving most security situations and it is easily classified using community policing which generates intelligence right from the neighbourhoods for effective policing.
“The great foresight displayed by Governor Ortom to quickly amend this law that seeks to provide a leeway to generating credible intelligence within our communities to assist the conventional security operatives will go a long way in keeping our communities safe. It will also restore normalcy in our affected communities which are under attacks by sponsored killer herdsmen.
“The Benue Youth Forum, therefore, calls on all well-meaning sons and daughters of our dear State to step up as volunteers to the guard brigade and show patriotism to this cause so that collectively, we can achieve a lasting peace in Benue.
“While pledging our support for Governor Samuel Ortom and his administration, we urge all Benue citizens to firmly stand by the Governor to continue to deliver on good governance and dividends of democracy to us.
“We equally appeal to security agencies to protect members of the Volunteer Guards against external aggressors who have been in the vanguard painting members of the livestock guards in bad light and killing them and the slightest opportunity without provocation” he said