Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State has promised to give the sum of N60 million to families of more than 120 security personnel killed while defending the state from armed invaders within the period of 2017 to date.
He made the pledge during an interdenominational thanksgiving service held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Makurdi to mark this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in conjunction with the Benue State Government.
According to him, the family members of security personnel will be supported with N500,000 each to cushion the effect of the absence of their breadwinners.
While charging Benue people never to be hostile towards security personnel posted to the state, Governor Samuel Ortom urged them to rather lend their support to assist them whenever the need arises.
He pledged the state government’s continued support to all the security formations in the state for the effective discharge of their duties.
Going further, Ortom regretted the killing of military men in the Konshisha local government area last year.
He prayed against such occurrence in any part of the state just as he posited that the sacrifices security agents make in protecting lives and property should be acknowledged at all times.