Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has stated that the state government will no longer grant amnesty to criminal elements operating in the state again.
The Governor disclosed this on Saturday at a burial ceremony of Terkura Suswam, the elder brother to the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Gabriel Suswam at Anyinne town, in Anyiin in Logo Local Government Area of the state.
Addressing those present, the governor also lamented the conspiracy of silence among the people which he said was making the crisis to rage unabated.
Ortom condemned in strong terms the criminality in the three local government areas of Sankera, Logo, Ukum and Katsina-Alla said that his government would no longer negotiate with any criminal operating in the state.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to go after those who have taken into criminality in the state, particularly Sankera axis.
Ortom said, “From intelligence report, some members of the community are supporting these criminals which makes it difficult for security men.
“I want to assure youths in the state not only in Sankera that we are going to go after these criminals and by the grace of God we will get them.
“There is no more amnesty, no more negotiation with them (criminals) except they come back like the prodigal son and plead for forgiveness.
The Governor appealed to Sankera people to support the government and security agencies to be able to restore normalcy in the troubled local governments.
Governor Ortom described the killing of late Terkura as shocking and regretted that his murder may discourage indigenes who wish to invest in their respective localities.
According to the Governor, “What our administration is encouraging is local investors since the government cannot provide a job for everybody. With the number of investments Terkura had established in Anyiin, thousands of youths were taken out of labour market.
“So for him to be killed this way is very unfortunate. Other people who may be planning to come home to invest will be discouraged.