The Nigeria Police have confirmed the existence of armed militia groups in Benue State which they said investigations would reveal soon.
Speaking on Today during an interview on with the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, countered claims by Governor Samuel Ortom that there was nothing of such. He also disputed claims that the ranch guards who were inaugurated by the state government were unarmed, insisting that the police have their evidence.
The Force spokesman noted that it was unlawful for any person to be in possession of arm without the consent of the Federal Government.
He added that the said ranch guards were meant to take note of any suspicious activity and report to the police, stressing that investigations had revealed that they were carrying prohibited weapons.
The Force spokesman, however, said the police have been supporting the Benue State government in terms of implementing the law on prohibition of open-grazing in the state.
According to him, the police have a responsibility to support any law made at all levels of government, as well as the ones made by the leadership of any community towards keeping the peace in the society.