Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has called on the Federal Government to provide the security agencies with sophisticated weapons and gadgets to enable rid Nigeria of criminality.
Ortom made the called on Monday in Naka, the capital of Gwer West Local Government Area of the state, during the defection ceremony of some All Progressives Congress (APC) members to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“I am pained that the security agencies lack sophisticated weapons, yet they work tirelessly to secure our lives and property.
“I commend them for ensuring that the armed Fulani herdsmen do not exterminate my people and occupy their land,” he said.
The governor said that he welcomed the defectors to the PDP wholeheartedly, stressing that they are free to vie for any position during the 2023 general elections.
“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 their party, there are no newcomers, stressing that every member of the party has the same opportunity and privilege regardless of when they joined the party.
Also, the leaders of the defectors, Mr Utor Gbinde, Terhile Mkem and Innocent Kwegi, said the PDP is where they rightly belong.