George OKOH In Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, said criminals would have taken over the state if not for the commitment and dexterity shown by security agencies.
Ortom, who spoke on the occasion of the wedding of Michael Pius Imabele and Blessing Sesugh Vaatse, at the NKST Church, Iortyer in Makurdi yesterday, explained that security agencies have been able to control assassination, abduction, cultism and other crimes in the state.
He urged Benue people to encourage security agencies, stressing that his administration would work had to keep the state secured.
Ortom said he would continue to encourage boys and girls to get married, adding that he graced the occasion because of his conviction that night-outing should be discouraged among youths.
He congratulated the newly wedded couple and noted that Mr Imabele has built bridges of unity between the north and south by moving from Edo to Benue to get a wife of his choice.
Ortom asked Nigerians to continue to pray for their leaders, assuring that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors would work hard to improve the economic situation through diversification of the economy.