November 28, 2022



Insecurity:  We’ll apply for AK47, AK49 for volunteer guards – Ortom


Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom has expressed severe issues over the rising insecurity in Nigeria, saying the safety structure is gasping for breath as no one is protected anymore.

The governor additionally stated for the reason that federal authorities has constantly didn’t disarm the Fulani terrorists maiming and killing his folks at will, the state authorities would apply for a License to legally procure AK47, AK49 and different refined weapons for the Benue State Volunteer Guards (BSVG) to allow them defend its folks. 

The state authorities had prior to now, procured 30 operational autos and 200 communication devices to allow the guards perform maximally.

And talking Thursday on the passing out parade of the guards in Makurdi, the governor stated the worsening insecurity within the nation had sophisticated safety scenario within the state as different types of criminality have been creeping in because of the failure of the federal authorities.

This, he stated, pressured the state authorities to revisit the State Vigilante Regulation of 2000, enacted to enrich the standard safety companies to handle rising safety points.

He famous that by the provisions of the brand new regulation, the Benue State Group Volunteer Guards was given the powers to hold legally accredited weapons duly offered.

The governor stated: “The Benue State Group Volunteer Guards symbolize our modest try and assist our communities of their every day wrestle to flee the worst of the atrocities of the terrorists Fulani herdsmen.

“As a state authorities, that is one costly funding that we’d have most well-liked to keep away from if it was not pressured upon us by the perpetual siege that has been mounted on our land by vicious Fulani terrorists.

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“Benue State, with a well-earned nickname because the Meals Basket of the Nation, with its arable land and huge our bodies of recent water, is now beneath risk of conquest and occupation by these terrorists.

“The genocidal terrorists have constantly attacked lots of of Benue communities, burning, killing, raping and maiming 1000’s of individuals and committing different unspeakable atrocities.

“However as all of us witness the Passing-out Parade of those in a position bodied younger males, we consider that safety will enhance in Benue State.

“Equally, the difficulty of banditry, kidnapping, theft, and so forth, and most of all, the difficulty of terrorist Fulani herdsmen’s assault could be decreased to the barest minimal.

“Let me add right here that operations of the Benue State Group Volunteer Guards could be strictly guided by the “Benue State Group Volunteer Guards Regulation”.

“Any personnel discovered working outdoors the stated Regulation could be proven the way in which out forthwith,” he added. 

He stated: “As well as, given the truth that the Federal Authorities has constantly didn’t disarm the terrorists who’ve continued to maim and kill our folks at will, the State Authorities goes to use for a license to legally procure AK47, AK49 and different refined weapons for the Benue State Volunteers Guards to allow them to deal with these terrorists successfully.

“To do that successfully, the Benue State Authorities had accredited a two-week capability constructing programme for 5 hundred (500) personnel of the Group Volunteer Guards to be taught some fundamental paramilitary features. The coaching which started on twenty ninth June 2022 with 5 hundred (500) contributors drawn from the 23 Native Authorities Areas and the three Senatorial Districts ended on twelfth July 2022.”

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NAF reshuffles

And barely 48 hours after his directive to Nigerian Air Power (NAF) operational and air element commanders to maximise the deployment of firepower towards terrorists and different legal components, the Chief of the Air Workers (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has accredited the speedy appointment and redeployment of latest department chiefs, Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) and different senior officers.

A press release by NAF spokesperson Thursday in Abuja, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet stated the newly appointed department chiefs are Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Jackson Yusuf, previously Chief of Coaching and Operations (CTOP) who’s now the Chief of Coverage and Plans (COPP) Headquarters NAF (HQ NAF), Abuja, AVM Oluwafemi Ogunmola, former director of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance now Chief of Communications Info Techniques (CCIS), HQ NAF, AVM Aliyu Bello, former Chief of Requirements and Analysis (COSE) is now redeployed because the CTOP, HQ NAF, Abuja whereas AVM Nkem Aguiyi takes over because the Chief of Air Intelligence (CAI) and AVM Hassan Abubakar, former AOC Logistics Command is now the Chief of Requirements and Analysis.

The assertion stated the erstwhile COPP, AVM Charles Ohwo, is now the Chief of Defence Transformation and Innovation, Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja, AVM Abubakar Liman, former CAI is now the director of House Utilization, DHQ, AVM Hycinth Eze, former Group Managing Director (GMD) NAF Holding Firm takes over as Director of Manufacturing, DHQ, AVM Musa Muktar takes over because the GMD NAF Holding Firm whereas AVM Raimi Salami, the erstwhile CCIS is now the Director of Technique, DHQ. 

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“The newly appointed AOCs are AVM Valuable Amadi, AOC Tactical Air Command (TAC), Makurdi, AVM Abubakar Abdulkadir, AOC Particular Operations Command (SOC), Bauchi, AVM Nnamdi Ananaba, AOC Air Coaching Command (ATC), Kaduna whereas AVM Emmanuel Shobande takes over as AOC Logistics Command (LC), Lagos,” the assertion added.

In his message to the brand new appointees, Air Marshal Amao reminded them of the necessity to frequently look for efficient and environment friendly technique of deploying the sources at their disposals in keeping with the reviewed NAF counterterrorism and counterinsurgency technique.