Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Wednesday, reiterated security assurance of the Igbo community and other Nigerians doing business in the state.
The governor said his government had taken a bold step to forestall insecurity challenges such as kidnapping in order to make the state a safe haven for all.
Ndigbo in Benue State had on Monday in Enugu raised the alarm over alleged endless attack on them by hoodlums, leading to the abduction of at least 50 persons within 6 months.
Ortom, in response to this, said in a statement signed by Tarver Akase, his chief press secretary, that the state’s legislation, which prohibits kidnapping and cultism, is in force, and that those who violated the law and their sponsors would be made to face the consequences.
He re-emphasized the resolve of his administration not to surrender the state to criminals and stressed that the clampdown on hoodlums had intensified.
He urged business people in the state not to be discouraged to the level of shutting down their investments.
Governor Ortom added that the government was doing everything within its powers to ensure that no crime went unpunished.
He called on Benue people to support security operatives in intelligence gathering to enable them to succeed.
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