Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has called on the Federal Government to provide the security agencies with sophisticated weapons and gadgets to enable them to tackle the growing menace of criminality in the country frontally.
Ortom made the call on Monday in Naka, headquarters of Gwer West Local Government Area, during the formal reception of the All Progressives Congress (APC) members who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“I am pained that the security agencies lack sophisticated weapons; yet they work tireless to secure our lives and property.
“I commend them for ensuring that armed Fulani herdsmen do not exterminate my people and occupy their land,” he said.
Ortom said that he welcomed the defectors to PDP wholeheartedly, stressing that they were free to vie for any position during the 2023 general elections on the party’s platform.
“I also came from APC and I was given the opportunity to contest the gubernatorial primaries; I contested and emerged victorious,” he said.
Meanwhile, the state PDP Chairman, Mr John Ngbede, informed the defectors that in the party, there were no new comers, stressing that every member of the party had the same opportunity and privilege, regardless of when he or she joined the party.
“We do not discriminate in our party because we consider ourselves as one,” he said.
Some leaders of the defectors, Mr Utor Gbinde, Terhile Mkem and Innocent Kwegi, said that PDP was the party they rightly belonged to.
The leaders apologized to their followers for misleading them.