Benue State Governor, Hyacinth Alia, on Wednesday, urged the operatives of the Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Service to sharpen their skills in combating crime in the state.

The governor stated this during the closing of a four-day capacity training at the 72 Special Forces Battalion, in Makurdi, the state capital.

Alia urged the operatives to make themselves visible and complement the efforts of other security agencies in crime fighting, adding that while carrying out their assignments, they should respect the human rights of law-abiding citizens


He said contrary to the belief in some quarters, relative peace had returned to the state.

The governor said, “I am sure. that the capacity training you have received from men of the 72 Special Forces Battalion has sharpened your skills to face the task ahead.

“I also urge you to make yourselves visible and complement the efforts of other security agencies in crime fighting and above all, respect the human rights of law-abiding citizens.”
While expressing appreciation to the NHFSS for public safety, the governor noted that they have come to stay as they remain instrumental despite the challenges confronting the state.

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Alia, however, noted that there is relative peace in the state.


Meanwhile, the governor’s Special Adviser on security and internal matters, Joseph Har, lauded the active presence of the operatives in the state.

He said that the operatives had earlier arrested six persons for various crime offences which he said accounted for their usefulness in curbing crimes.

Earlier, the State Commander, NHFSS, Peter Ajonya, commended the battalion for the capacity training; and the governor, traditional rulers and all others, for their assistance and support given to the operatives.