Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Amnesty Programme: Hoodlums Surrender Weapons In Benue State

The amnesty programme of Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue state, has got a major boost when some gangs from Kwande local government area surrendered assorted automatic weapons to the state.
 Speaking with Yahaya Ardo, the assistant inspector general of police, zone 4, the governor expressed delight that the programme was bringing positive results.

Ortom revealed that the programme was extended at the instance of one Terwase Akwaza, alias Ghana, who surrendered at the end of August when the programme was expected to expire. He added that Akwaza had pleaded for an extension to enable some of his members embrace the programme.

According to the governor, the amnesty programme will help to recover illegal arms in the state, make the state safe for investment, and boost social activities.

“If we can secure lives and property in the state my plans to industrialise the state, create massive jobs, wealth, and opportunities through micro, small and medium scale enterprises will strive,” he noted.

Ortom assured the police and other security agencies that the state government would provide logistic to them to enhance their operations.

The governor warned that at the end of the amnesty programme his administration would wield the ‘big stick’ on criminals still harbouring arms.

The Punch reports that Ortom also urged law enforcement agencies to apprehend defaulters until the end of the September dateline.

A week ago, a group of repentant ‘bad boys’ also surrendered illegal weapons in their possession to the amnesty committee instituted by Governor Ortom.

The boys, who were from his Ushongo domain, begged for forgiveness and asked to be taken back into the society.