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Benue governor discloses plan to launch 10,000-man security outfit

Benue governor discloses plan to launch 10,000-man security outfit

Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benúe State has disclosed his administration’s plan to launch a new security outfit of 10,000 operatives before the end of May.

Alia made the disclosure during the expanded All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders meeting at the Government House in Makurdi.

The governor said that the new outfit would consist of the already established Livestock Guards and Community Volunteer Guards (BSCVG), as well as fresh recruitments, noting that the office of the deputy governor would handle the establishment.

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According to some government functionaries, the primary reasons for this initiative are as follows:

Complementing Conventional Security Agencies

The state aims to bolster its security apparatus by creating a local security outfit that will work in conjunction with existing law enforcement agencies. This collaboration is crucial in addressing the security challenges faced by the state.

Enhancing Community Security

The proposed security outfit is expected to enhance security within Benue communities. By deploying a significant number of trained youths, the state seeks to create a safer environment where residents can go about their daily activities without fear.

Protecting Farmers and Farmlands

One of the key objectives of launching the security outfit is to safeguard farmers and their farmlands. By ensuring a secure environment for agricultural activities, the state aims to promote food security and economic stability.

Countering External Threats

Governor Alia highlighted that some enemies of the state had invited unknown gunmen to disrupt peace and stability in Benue. The establishment of the security outfit is part of a proactive approach to repel external threats and maintain internal security.

Strategic Deployment

To facilitate effective operations, the state government plans to equip the security outfit with Hilux vans and motorcycles. This strategic deployment will enable rapid response and coverage of various areas within Benue State, including remote regions.

Addressing Specific Areas of Concern

Governor Alia identified specific local government areas such as Kwande, Ukum, Logo, Gwer East, Gwer West, Guma, Apa, and Agatu as being particularly affected by security challenges. The new security outfit will focus on these areas to address ongoing threats effectively.

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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