Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has sued for collaboration between the Benue Sate Vigilante Group and other security agencies working in the state to enable them curb insecurity.
Gov. Ortom made the appeal while commissioning 14 patrol vehicles purchased by the state vigilante group.
Ortom, who commended the group for setting the pace in answering his clarion call concerning security in the state said “security for lives and property is not just the duty of government alone but that of everyone; the communities, security agencies and all of us.
“I have been calling all Benue people to give support in tackling the security challenges in the state and the effort of the vigilante is noble, commendable and I will support it.”
He advised them to obey the laws of the land and stick to the rules of the game as they go about their operations in the various communities.
“You must work closely with the conventional security, traditional rulers and the local government to support the security architecture of our state.
“You must also collaborate with the livestock guard, the police, the army and the civil defense in order to eliminate armed robbery, kidnappings, assasinations and other security challenges in the state.”
The leader of Benue vigilante Group, George Mbeke, said they decided to procure the vehicles after they met in 2018 to deliberate on it when the operational vehicles given to them were retrieved and given to other security agencies in the state in the height of security challenges.
He said despite the meager sum they were being given on a monthly basis, they had to save to procure the 14 vehicles ( 12 Siena buses and two Hilux vans) that will be given to local governments to enable them move around and nip crime in the bud.