Worried by persistent killing of people by unidentified gunmen in different parts of the state, the Benue State House of Assembly has called on the governor of the state, Samuel Ortom, to set up a committee of credible people to receive arms from those illegally bearing them as a strategy of halting the trend.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that Governor Ortom recently announced a three-month amnesty period, which expires in August, within which those with illegal arms should surrender them or face the full wrath of the law.
The House took the decision sequel to a motion of urgent public importance moved by the member representing Katsina Ala East constituency, Mr. Ianna Jato, who drew its attention to the persistent killing of innocent citizens by unidentified assassins, especially in the last few days.
Mr. Jato, who recalled the gruesome murder of a Second Republic member of the Assembly and a PDP chieftain, Chief Atoza Hinda, and a couple, said it was unfortunate that in a spate of one week, about 15 persons were killed in his Katsina Ala Local Government, saying the people were presently living in fear while the development was capable of slowing down the economic development of the area.
In their separate comments, the member for Katsina Ala West who seconded the motion, Mr. Tor Aye, Mr. Ben Mnguityo (Tarka), Mr. Terhemba Chabo (Gboko West), and Mr. Daniel Abagu (Ukum), decried the persistent killing of innocent people in different parts of the state, saying the people were living in fear.
Ruling, the speaker, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange called on law enforcement agents to intensify investigation with the view to unmasking those behind the dastardly act.
Mr. Ikyange appealed to the perpetrators to come out of hiding and reveal themselves and their grievances to enable government commence dialogue with them in order to end the ugly incident.
The House also called on the people of the state to join their counterparts in Katsina Ala in prayers so that God would touch the hearts of the perpetrators to stop the barbaric act.

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