Senator David Mark has advsied security operatives to guarantee the safety of lives and properties to prevent people from resorting to self-help.
Mark said this in reaction to the attempt on the life of the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, by gunmen suspected to be bandits.
A statement by his media aide, Paul Mumeh, quoted the governor as saying, “If a state governor can be so brazenly attacked, what would they not do to the ordinary citizens?
Let me state clearly that Benue people are receptive and accommodating. But this should not be misconstrued or mistaken for weakness. Enough of this malady.
“If our government and security operatives can no longer guarantee peoples’ safety in their homes, farms or places of business, I am worried that the situation may compel citizens to resort to self help. That is the situation, we cannot contemplate and must not be allowed to happen because the consequences would be catastrophic.
“Therefore, federal government and all the security agencies must of a necessity come to terms with the painful reality of the unabating insecurity in the land and resolve to end it.”
Mark advised Ortom to see the attack as a reason to beef up security in the state, as he hailed him, saying he has lived up to his oath to defend and protect the people of Benue State.