FIGHTING CRIME: ORTOM ADVOCATES SYNERGY BETWEEN SECURITY AGENCIES By Jimin Geoffrey

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has advocated greater synergy between security agencies and relevant stakeholders in the fight against all forms of crime in the country.

Governor Ortom stated this today during a virtual presentation titled: “Security and National Development in Nigeria: A Case Study of Benue State,” to participants of the Executive, Intelligence Management Course (EIMC) 13 of the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) who are on Study Tour of Benue State.

Speaking on the incessant farmers and herders conflicts, the Governor said ranching of herds remains the most effective way of preventing constant crisis between farmers and Fulani herdsmen, stressing that ranching is the best option in today’s global realities.

He called for adequate funding and training of security forces including Community Policing and Community Volunteer Guards among others to be able to effectively confront security challenges, pointing out that mediation and dialogue approaches by government delegates and traditional leaders would also be helpful.

The Governor who acknowledged the adverse impact of insecurity on economic development, expressed worry that intra-state conflicts have caused millions of deaths of civilians and had also phased out basic public services and state institutions leading to extensive poverty among the people.

Governor Ortom reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to guaranteeing the security of lives and property in all parts of Benue State.

The Tor Tiv V, Professor James Ayatse, heads of security agencies in the state among others also featured on the programme.

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