The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has thrown his weight behind the call by former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), on Nigerians to defend themselves in the face of killings across the country.

The elder statesman had in a well-publicized statement on Saturday accused the military of siding with the killers of his people in Taraba state and urged Nigerians from all parts of the country to defend themselves against the killers.

Speaking to State House correspondents shortly after a meeting with the president, Ortom defended the former Chief of Army Staff, saying Danjuma did not ask people to take up arms, but only said people should protect themselves.

"Of course, you know that self-preservation is the first law of nature.

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"You can’t just wait in your house and allow someone to come and kill you. You can resist the person, but you don’t necessarily need to have arms.

"I think that that was what the former minister was saying. There is need for people to arise to defend themselves not necessarily using weapons that are banned.

"You can use a stick and disarm someone. Some years ago, I was able to disarm armed robbers with seven AK 47 without anything. I think that is the kind of thing he is trying to say. Nigerians should rise up to do this.

"Security matters are not just left in the hands of security men, it requires every one of us to put our heads together and be courageous to be able to surmount it,” he said.

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