Ortom, Ishaku take steps to fight boundary crimes


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, and his Taraba State counterpart, Architect Darius Ishaku have taken steps to curb criminal activities in communities along the border of the two States.

The two governors yesterday led their various executive and security councils to a joint security meeting at the Federal University, Wukari where useful deliberations were made to combat the criminal activities including kidnapping, armed robbery and banditry.

Governor Samuel Ortom in his speech reiterated the need for people of the two states to ensure peaceful coexistence especially at the border areas and to expose criminal elements within their vicinities.

He lamented the spate of kidnappings in the two states, pointing out that but for the cordial working relationship that existed between him and his Taraba counterpart, the insecurity in the area would have been worse.

The governor appealed for restraint even as he urged the communities not ro embark on reprisals on either side, saying doing so would only expose the innocent members of the affected communities to untold hardship.

He also tated that he and his counterpart were endangered specie as a result of their stand for justice and the sanctity of the constitution of the country adding that it would be unwise for the people of the two states to take arms against one another for whatever reason.

Taraba State Governor, Architect Ishaku had earlier decried the spate of criminality in the southern parts of his state which shares boundary with Benue State.

He identified community based intelligence gathering and collaboration among security agencies and all stakeholders as the panacea to the criminal activities in the area.

Governor Ishaku also acknowledged the efforts of the two state governments to create employment opportunities for the youth as a way of discouraging them from engaging in criminality adding that such will be sustained.

The Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse and the Aku Uka of Wukari, Dr. Shekarau Angyu, represented by Tor Kwande and Garan Donga, Chiefs Ambrose Iyortyer and Stephen Bayonga, restated the commitment of the traditional institutions to help combat criminality in their domains.

Former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, and other speakers from the two states suggested the constitution of security committees with membership drawn from among the various communities to identity and expose criminal elements among other steps as solutions to the insecurity in the two states.

Governors Ortom and Ishaku later visited Abako and Sai in Benue and Dogon-Gawa in Taraba where they preached peace to the communities, saying they have a bigger and common enemy which was insecurity and should not be fighting among themselves.