CONFESSION: Ortom gave us AK-47 riffles, other weapons- arrested militia confessed
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
The nine members of the Benue state government militia otherwise known as the Civilian Joint Task Force that were arrested by members of the Nigerian Army few days ago have confessed that it was the governor of Benue state, Mr. Samuel Ortom, that gave them all the deadly weapons which were found on them during their arrest.
It would be recalled that the arrested milita working as internal security operatives for the governor of Benue state were in possesion of some AK-47 Riffles and several dangerous weapons when they were arrested by troops of the 93 Battalion at Arufu, a town that falls between Benue and Taraba states.
According to official reports from the Nigerian Army this evening, the militia had voluntarily confessed that they were put on a special security arrangement with Governor Ortom.
They also mentioned Ortom’s security adviser, Colonel Edwin Jando, as the middle man between them and the governor.
Upon their arrest, the Nigerian Army said that they confessed that all the weapons found on them were given to them by the governor himself to enable them function well in their assignment as special security personnel to the Benue state government.
The Nigerian Army also said that there was a serious reinforcement from the Benue state government to stop the troops from arresting the militia because the governor of the state is aware of their operations but the military officers insisted that they must be arrested and properly interrogated.
During the questioning of the suspected militia, it was discovered by the Army that the group had members of about 60 men camped in Gbeyi, Benue state by the state government.
It was also gathered that over 1,000 of the gang members were positioned at different camps by the state government while 700 out of them have arms.
In the course of the interrogation, the arrested militia confessed that they were being trained by some ex-service men assembled all over Benue state. The trainers are being paid by the government of the state.
Efforts to reach the governor or any of his media aides to have his reactions over the open confession of the arrested militia proved abortive as none of the calls made to their mobile phones was answered.
They also didn’t respond to text messages sent to their phones as at press time.