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Ortorm, Benue Governor Attacked


About fifteen armed men have attacked the convoy of Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom at Tyo Mu on Makurdi-Gboko Road.

Governor Ortom who briefed newsmen said the incident happened at about eleven a.m while he was coming from his farm to Makurdi.

He said the gunmen who were dressed in black opened fire on his convoy, saying however that no one was killed or injured as the security men attached to him were able to repel the attackers.

Mr. Ortom accused the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore for being behind the attack, explaining that the group had in their recent meeting in Yola, Adamawa state singled him out for elimination because of his stand against open grazing.

The Governor who said he was not against Fulani as a group but “those bandits among them who are destroying lives and property of Nigerians”.

He said no amount of intimidation would deter him from seeking justice, fairness and truth.

Mr Ortom said he has already reported the incident to security agents and has implored them to go after the attackers who he said were in the forest between Makurdi and Abinsi.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering security agents to shot at sight anyone with AK 47 and taking steps to tighten the country’s borders.


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