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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Benue security outfit loses 9 members in active duty – Captain

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The Community Volunteer Guards, a security outfit established by Governor Samuel Ortom in Benue State, has tragically lost nine of its members while on active duty, facing armed herdsmen attacks across the state. Captain Ayuma Ajobi (rtd), the commander of the guard, made this heartbreaking revelation during the inauguration of the outfit’s headquarters office complex in Makurdi yesterday.

Since its establishment in August 2022, the Community Volunteer Guards have been working tirelessly to complement the efforts of conventional security operatives in addressing the insecurity caused by frequent invasions of herdsmen in the state. However, the commander disclosed that the outfit is facing significant challenges, including the theft of six out of the 1,000 pump-action rifles procured by the state government, which were unfortunately stolen from deceased members.

In light of these developments, urgent and comprehensive measures are needed to address the safety and security concerns faced by the Community Volunteer Guards. The state government must prioritize the provision of adequate resources, training, and support to ensure the effectiveness of the outfit in protecting the lives and properties of the people of Benue State.

The loss of these dedicated personnel highlights the grave risks they face while working to maintain peace and security in the region. It is crucial for authorities to take immediate action to enhance the safety measures and equip the guards with the necessary tools and resources they need to carry out their duties effectively.

The sacrifices made by these brave individuals should not be in vain. The Benue State government, in collaboration with relevant security agencies, must work together to strengthen the security apparatus and ensure that those responsible for these attacks are swiftly brought to justice. The protection and well-being of the people of Benue State must remain a top priority, and all necessary steps must be taken to create a safe and secure environment for all residents.

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