Herdsmen Attack: Benue Govt To Launch State-Owned Security Outfit

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The Governor of Benue State, Hyacinth Alia, on Tuesday, said the state government will launch its own local security outfit before the end of May 2024.

Governor Alia who spoke during the All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders’ meeting in Makurdi, said the move was aimed at complementing the efforts of other security agencies in tackling security challenges bedevilling the state.

The Governor revealed that his administration is already working towards procuring Hilux vans and motorcycles that would enable the security outfit to access the nooks and crannies of the state.

The Governor lauded the efforts of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the security agencies in securing the country, particularly Benue state.

According to him, the launching of the State-owned security outfit will aid in securing Benue communities to enable farmers to return to their various farmlands.

Recalls that the state has over the years, recorded a series of attacks by suspected Fulani herders.

About three million indigenes across the state have been sacked from their ancestral homes, forcing them to dwell in Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps.

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