The new Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, in charge of zone 4 Makurdi, Mr Jonah Jackson Mava has promised to do his best to bring crime to the barest minimum in Benue and other neighboring states of Nasarawa, Plateau and some parts of Taraba state that make up the zone.
Mr Mava who spoke with newsmen yesterday in his office in Makurdi expressed worry at the level of crime particularly in Benue state sued for support from people of the state to enable him curtail it, if not to eradicate all the vices like cultism, kidnapping and robbery. He observed that the security situation in Benue state has worsened as compared to those days when he worked in the state with in the Criminal Investigation Department, CID.
“The security situation has deteriorated now. Before, there were no cases like kidnapping, and cultism. The few cases of cultism we heard were in schools. But now it has spread to people’s houses. There are high cases of child stealing, chieftaincy crisis, armed robbery, land dispute and farmers/herder crisis”, Mava said.
The AIG however expressed confidence in his capability to rid the state of hoodlums despite the high rate of criminal activities and promised to continue to do his best until people go to sleep before he will sleep.
” I am master of the game. Hoodlums cannot run to hide in other neighboring states because I will catch them there, I know the terrain of Nasarawa and parts of Taraba state. So I advise the youths to better stop it”.
Mr Mava commended Governor Ortom for his security efforts and acknowledged that he, Ortom was the only Northern Governor as at the time of filing this report that had passed the Anti-Open Grazing Law and urged herdsmen to abide by it.
Commenting on the planned formation of the Miyetti Allah security outfit, the AIG said,
“According to the Police rules and regulations, you can call any security civil group any name you want, whether neighborhood watch or even in your language, you can call them whatever name you want. But the way things are happening now, if you allow them in the name of trying to protect their interest, if the Tiv will have their own, the Idoma and Igede will have their own, at the end of the day, it may create a fight that can hardly end. Although it is something that I cannot say no to it, the Governor came out categorically and said no and he did not derail from it. That is why the state Assembly passed it into law. What is the need for another security outfit? Even the Neighborhood Watch of the Vigilante work hand in hand with the Police. But will those people like to work hand in hand with us? That we don’t know, though they have not approached us, so I cannot say that they have a sociocultural group to protect them.
The AIG commended the efforts of the Benue state police commissioner, Mr Mukadas Garba and the Commander of Operation Zenda Mr Justin Gberindyer in fighting crime in the state and promised his unalloyed support to enable them succeed.
It will be recalled that Governor, Samuel Ortom recently acknowledged during a courtesy call on him by Mr Jonah Mava in Government House, Makurdi that with the deployment of the new AIG to the state, crime wave had reduced due to the untiring efforts of the AIG, Police Commissioner and Operation Zenda’s Commander.
According to the Governor, many people kidnapped in Benue these days have been released unconditionally. The most recent case is that of the founder of Tito Group, Chief Isaac Akinkunmi who was rescued from the hands of the kidnappers with the help of the police and other security Agencies.