The police in Benue state have arrested leaders of Hunters and Forest Guards who forcefully shaved a young woman’s hair on the streets of Makurdi, the state capital.
Yesterday, news made the rounds that the vigilante organization whose primary duty it is to protect the lives of farmers in the state following repeated attacks by bandits, stopped the lady who had a gold-tinted hair while she was on a motorcycle, made her sit on the floor, and then shaved her hair.
There was an outcry on social media as netizens called it an outright abuse of human right and the Governor of the state, Samuel Ortom, swung into action by arresting Four leaders of the group for breach of security in state.
Those arrested include Ajonye Peter, State Commandant, Leva Luther, Deputy Commandant, Jov Peter Charles, Admin Officer and Godwin Adinya, State Adviser.
The Governor distanced himself and administration from the activities of the illegal organisation, saying “they are not an agency of the state government.”
In his words;
“The Hunters and Forest Security Guards is not a creation of the Benue State Government and we absolutely do not have any relationship with it in whatever form. As the Chief Security Officer of the State, I am appalled by the unlawful acts of these people and I condemn this in unequivocal terms and state categorically that my government has nothing to do with this group and its actions,”
“I have repeatedly maintained that i will never allow criminals take over the state. Benue citizens are law-abiding and we cannot allow illegal bodies to operate and harass people here.”