Governor Samuel Ortom has denied reviews that he requested a return of confiscated weapons.
Ortom who made the clarification in an announcement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, urged Nigerians to ignore the report.
Akase stated, “We learn a information merchandise revealed on Opera Information web site wherein the faceless author tried to twist the current name Benue State (Expanded) Safety Council made on Nigerian navy to launch all repentant youths who had been arrested on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 by males of Operation Ayem A Kpatuma on their method to be granted amnesty by the State Authorities.
“The stated article which cited a tweet credited to particular assistant to the Senate President on new media shouldn’t be solely false but additionally enmeshed in mischief and comes throughout as a mere figment of the author’s creativeness.
“Governor Ortom who presided over the Friday September 11, 2020 expanded assembly of the Benue State Safety Council didn’t ask the navy to return the weapons recovered from the repentant youths.
Akase maintained that the decision made on behalf of the State Safety Council was for the discharge of autos and different gadgets equivalent to official paperwork confiscated by the military in the course of the operation together with the official Hilux Automobile of the Government Chairman of Katsina-Ala Native Authorities Council, Hon. Alfred Atera, wherein the late Terwase Akwaza also referred to as Gana was being conveyed to Makurdi for the amnesty programme.
He stated, “It’s was the thought of decision of the Council that the discharge of the affected youths would allow them full the amnesty course of which might reshape their lives as higher human beings.
“It’s on document that on the finish of the 2015/2016 amnesty Programme which Governor Ortom anchored, greater than 800 Benue youths together with Terwase Akwaza embraced the scheme and over 1,000 weapons had been recovered and the Governor invited United Nations, the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Mild Weapons, PRESCOM, in addition to different related organizations who took half within the public destruction of the recovered weapons in Makurdi.
“The query now could be, if the Governor publicly destroyed the recovered weapons then, why would his administration wish to preserve those not too long ago surrendered by the repentant youths? Such insinuation is not sensible.
“We discover the stated publication on Opera Information as a gross misrepresentation of what befell after the Benue State Safety Council assembly.
“The author’s declare that Nigerian Tv Authority, NTA additionally quoted the Governor as having demanded for the return of the recovered weapons is equally false as the tv station didn’t air such a report.
“Governor Samuel Ortom won’t be distracted from his deal with making certain peace within the state and continued assist to safety forces to ensure the protection of lives and property of Benue folks.”