Ortom Tasks Repentant Militias On New Way Of Life

OrtomGOVERNOR Samuel Ortom of Benue State has advised the militia youths who embraced the state amnesty programme to forget their dark past to work for the development of the state.

Ortom, who gave the advice in Makurdi while addressing the beneficiaries of the amnesty programme at a 3-day orientation workshop organised by his administration, expressed gladness that the stick and carrot approach has resulted to reduction of incidences of criminal activities such as armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the state.
Over 1000 militia youths had surrendered not less than 400 assorted arms and ammunition in response to the amnesty call of the government.

Ortom said in spite of the skepticism of the old order which patronised thugs and illegal possessors of arms and weapons, peace has come to stay in the state.

The governor added that his government, in consultation with the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) decided to organise the workshop to give beneficiaries orientation on how to live normal lives.

While reinstating the state government commitment to support and sustain those who accepted to embrace a new life through the programme, Ortom maintained that the gesture would assist them to avoid the temptation of returning to their old ways.
He assured people of the state that protection of their lives and property would continue to remain a topmost priority of his administration.
He said from now on rehabilitation of the amnesty beneficiaries would be pursued alongside with stick approach, insisting that those who refused to embrace the programme would be pursued from where ever they are hiding, arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.

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