Police have confirmed the existence of armed militia groups in Benue State which they said investigations would reveal soon. Speaking on Thursday during an interview on Channels Television, the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, countered claims by Governor Samuel Ortom that there was nothing of such.
“Yes, they were armed with AK-47 (riffles); we have records, we have footage and you can’t just start arming people,” he said. He also disputed claims that the ranch guards who were inaugurated by the state government were unarmed, insisting that the police have their evidence.
The Force spokesman noted that it was unlawful for any person to be in possession of arm without the consent of the Federal Government.
He added that the said ranch guards were meant to take note of any suspicious activity and report to the police, stressing that investigations had revealed that they were carrying prohibited weapons.