John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has commended the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) for contributing to the fight against crime in the state.
Ortom, who made the commendation while receiving the Assistant Commandant General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps in-charge of Zone ‘H’, Mr Joseph Oragande, at the Benue People’s House, said his administration would continue to give priority to security because there can be no development without peace.
He said the citizens who are mostly farmers and investors who are mostly foreigners need to be protected.
The governor noted that the overall boss of NSCDC used wisdom to post Oragande to Benue at the time farmers and other citizens are facing the problem of security and assured that the state government would join hands with the new assistant commandant general to tackle the problem.
He stated that his administration now uses the stick approach for the control of crime after the carrot approach of his amnesty programme which benefited more than 900 persons who surrendered over 700 illegally acquired arms, ammunition and explosives expired.
Earlier, the Assistant Commandant General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in-charge of Zone H, Joseph Oragande, had told the governor that the commandant general and the minister of internal affairs have expressed satisfaction with the relationship between the state government and the organization.
Oragande said the offices given to the state command of the NSCDC has been rated as the best in the zone and disclosed that the organization now has some departments that handle crisis and other issues especially, farmers and Fulani herdsmen conflict.