28 May 2016
Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has described the state’s amnesty programme as successful going by the drop in crime rate.
The governor made the declaration while reacting to criticisms that the programme had not produced any positive result.
Ortom told a news conference organised as part of activities to mark the first anniversary of the administration that the criticisms were not based on reality.
He said the fact that other states adopted the anti-crime programme was an indication of its success.
The governor admitted, however, that there were still bits of criminal activities all over the state and assured that security agents were in control of the situation.
He said that 600 illegally-acquired arms and ammunitions had been recovered from criminal elements while 800 militants had had submitted themselves for reorientation by the amnesty committee.
Ortom assured that efforts being made to recover more illegal arms and that culprits would be arrested and handed over to security agencies for prosecution.
He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for granting him unfettered access to security personnel from all the security agencies in the country to fight insurgency in the state.