In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 22nd, August, 2020

This Nigerian Governor Desires Residents To Carry Arms To Defend Themselves

This Nigerian Governor Wants Citizens To Carry Arms To Protect Themselves

Samuel Ortom

Samuel Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has referred to as on the Federal Authorities to permit residents to bear arms to guard themselves towards rising insecurity within the nation.

Mr Ortom mentioned this on Friday on the one-year anniversary of the re-establishment of the Ministry of Police Affairs.

The Nation Newspaper reported that the Police Inspector Basic, Muhammad Adamu, additionally spoke about how the N13.5 billion authorised by President Muhammadu Buhari for neighborhood policing will likely be spent.

In his response to the event, Mr Ortom mentioned Nigerians should “get up so as to not be consumed by insecurity”.


“I heard folks complaining that Ortom referred to as for Nigerians to be allowed to hold refined weapons and that it will result in anarchy. What in regards to the herdsmen who’re carrying AK-47 and kidnapping harmless Nigerians, raping our girls and destroying our villages and cities and turning into a terror to us? How about them? Why can’t we acquire these refined weapons from them? What number of of them have been arrested?”
he queried.

He mentioned whereas his recommendation has been left unattended to, some arrested kidnappers have been caught with “AK-47″.

“It is a suggestion that the Federal Authorities ought to take up significantly as a result of in America persons are licensed to hold refined weapons however life continues to be happening. It’s left for the Federal Authorities to take a look at it if my suggestion could be carried however for me, I nonetheless stand with my suggestion,” he was quoted by the paper as saying.

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Mr Ortom mentioned safety operatives in his state had already arrested 400 herdsmen who violated the state’s regulation towards open grazing of animals.

“We’ve got arrested about 400 herdsmen and a few aren’t even Fulani. However majority of them are Fulani and we have now prosecuted them,” he mentioned.


“In the present day, we have now convicted greater than 130 herdsmen who’re already serving numerous jail phrases and a few have paid fines.

“We’ve got arrested over 9000 cattle, however because the regulation stipulates, when you pay superb, we launch them to you and also you transport them. You now not go on foot with these cattle inside Benue State.

“On the difficulty of international herdsmen coming into the nation, I’m completely satisfied that the Inspector Basic of Police some few days in the past did say that these herdsmen aren’t Nigerians. That’s what I mentioned about two to 3 years in the past.

“I knew it. I’m not a safety knowledgeable. However as governor, I obtain briefings and I used to be in a position to do my unbiased investigation and knew that these persons are coming for an agenda.


“Nigerians should get up. If we don’t get up we are going to all be consumed.”

Talking additional, he talked about that the N13.5 billion authorised by the president will help the logistics of the neighborhood cops.

Reached on Saturday, the governor’s spokesperson, Terve Akaase, informed PREMIUM TIMES that Mr Ortom meant that solely ‘accountable’ residents needs to be allowed carry arms.


“The governor has lengthy be advocating that the Federal Authorities ought to enable accountable residents to hold arms. That’s refined weapons. They need to license accountable Nigerians in order that they will defend themselves,”
he mentioned.

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