The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has denied calling for the arming of all Nigerians, amid the disaster of kidnapping and banditry within the nation.
Ortom defined that he solely referred to as for accountable Nigerians to be given licence to personal weapons.
The governor was reacting to a report titled “Governor Ortom’s double communicate,” over the problem of Nigerians proudly owning weapons.
An announcement by Ortom’s spokesman, Tever Akase mentioned the governor’s latest cost to Benue youths was to encourage them to assist safety operatives with well timed and helpful info to allow them win the conflict in opposition to insecurity.
Based on the assertion, Ortom didn’t ask the “individuals to take the legislation into their very own fingers.’
The assertion reads: “We learn an opinion piece by one Awunah Pius Terwase with the title ‘Governor Ortom’s Double Converse’ through which the author said that the Benue State Governor contradicted himself together with his name for licensing of some individuals to personal weapons after he had beforehand disarmed Benue youths who carried weapons.
“The author was both out to trigger mischief or was at a loss concerning the info of Governor Ortom’s stand on the problem of gun licensing.
“The Governor didn’t name for the arming of each Nigerian. He was particular that accountable Nigerians be given licenses to personal weapons as this can deter criminals from simply attacking and robbing and even killing individuals.
“Governor Ortom’s name was real because it was premised on the truth that many lives are being misplaced on account of legal acts that would have been averted.
“We anticipate the author of the mentioned piece to take a look at the deserves of the Governor’s name within the face of elevated kidnappings, armed banditry and herdsmen assaults in lots of states with the attendant adverse impact on the nation.
“Because the Governor defined, the issuance of licenses on gentle weapons is a coverage that has been in existence, however through the years, criminals who illegally purchase arms reap the benefits of that to get away with quite a few atrocities. Governor Ortom’s name was subsequently a patriotic reminder to the Federal Authorities to behave quick and grant accountable Nigerians permission to personal subtle weapons for self protection.
“The amnesty programme initiated by Governor Ortom was aimed toward disarming criminals who have been terrorizing the state, not accountable individuals. The class of people that embraced the scheme and surrendered their arms admitted to committing heinous crimes and begged for pardon with a promise to show a brand new leaf.
“We surprise why anybody would deliberately wish to twist info to attain his goal.”