Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has commended the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mister Baba Alkali and officers in the state over the killing of four notorious bandits in the state.

Governor Ortom gave the commendation Saturday, March 26th, 2022 at the Police headquarters in Makurdi where corpses of four militia gang members neutralised by the Police in Ukum Local Government Area were being paraded.

The Governor acknowledged the proactive steps taken by the Police to identify the gang from their hideout and kill four of them, saying the action will serve as a deterrent to other bad elements operating in the state.

Governor Ortom who lauded the Police for being proactive, also commended the Inspector General of Police for his special attention to the State especially in the fight against criminality.

The Governor wondered why promising young people will be involved in fetish activities to seek protection and terminate lives, saying his administration will not surrender to such activities.

While thanking the IGP for his assistance and unrelenting efforts, the Police Commissioner said the provision of gun trucks to the command has been effective in their fight against criminality and banditory.

“I must commend you for the work you are doing. I must commend the IGP for paying special attention to Benue to ensure that we sleep with our two eyes closed.

“Without security, there can be no meaningful development,” the governor added.

The four bandits killed are reported to be notorious for operating in the Sankera axis of the state.

Sankera axis comprises Logo, Ukum and Katsina-Ala Local Government Area where the deceased most wanted Benue militia leader, Terwase Akwaza alias Gana had created a regime of violence before he was killed by the military two years ago.

Governor Samuel Ortom visited the police headquarters alongside Senator Gabriel Suswam who is from the zone.

Suswam lost his elder brother to a bandit attack, last year.

The Commissioner of Police Wale Abbas in his address said the deployment of the gun trucks by the Inspector General of Police to state command and logistics support from the Benue state government is the reason for the improved visibility of operational activities leading to the success recorded by his men.

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