Governor Ortom (middle) with the police tactical team

By Ige Olugbenga

The Special Tactical Team of the Nigeria Police deployed to Benue state by the federal government has assured the people that the current spate of killings in the state will soon be over.

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The leader of the team, Commissioner of Police, Ben Ahmed, gave the assurance on Thursday while presenting members of the team to Governor Samuel Ortom at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.

The team is made up of members of the Police Mobile Force, specially trained anti-riot unit, counter-terrorism units, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), SIB, Police Air Wing (Aerial Surveillance Helicopter), sniffer dogs and undercover operatives.

CP Ahmed (L) addressing the governor

CP Ahmed said President Muhammadu Buhari was deeply worried at the happenings in Benue and the deployment of the tactical team was in response to the call of Governor Ortom.

He pleaded with the people of Benue to avail both the existing security men and the Special Tactical Team the needed information that could ease the operation.

Governor expresses appreciation

In his response, Governor Ortom expressed his appreciation to President Buhari for the swift response to his distress call.

He noted that his government had been proactive in handling security issues and with the combined force of the visiting team, unimaginable success would be recorded.

He recalled the efforts of his administration in recovering over 700 weapons from youths of the state through the carrot approach of the Benue amnesty programme, saying the situation would have been worse if the weapons were still in the custody of hoodlums.

The governor pointed out specifically that Terwase Akwaza, also known as Gana, and members of his gang who masterminded the recent Zaki Biam attacks must be fished out and brought to justice.