Attack on Ortom: Don’t push citizens to self help, Senator Mark warns

Irked the assassination on Governor Samuel of Benue State , former President of the Senate , Senator David Mark has tasked to step up to the challenges of securing lives and property to avoid the consequences of a resort to self help.

Senator Mark said the deteriorating security situation has become scandalous and making Nigeria a subject of ridicule before other nations.

Condemning the assassination on Governor yesterday, Senator Mark frowned : “If a state Governor can be so brazenly attacked, what would they not do to the ordinary citizens.

“ Let state clearly that Benue people are receptive and accommodating. But this not be misconstrued or mistaken for weakness. of this malady .

“If our government and can no longer guarantee peoples’ safety in their homes , farms or places of , I am worried that the situation may compel citizens to resort to self help.

“That the situation, we cannot contemplate and must not be allowed to happen because the consequences would be catastrophic.

“Therefore, federal government and all the security agencies must of a necessity come to terms with the painful reality of the unabating insecurity in the land and resolve to end it”.

Senator Mark however told not to be deterred the incident but rather spur him to beef up security and welfare for the citizens of the state.

He noted that the Governor has lived up to his oath of office to wit; defend and the lives and property of Benue people without compromise.

Senator Mark advised all citizens to be security conscious at all times just as he told them to provide useful information to of any suspected activity believed to be unlawful or anti- society .

Governor Ortom was said to have been ambushed gunmen suspected to be Fulani bandits along Tyo-MU Makurdi/Gboko road on Saturday. He escaped the whiskers .