Breaking: Armed herdsmen open gunfire on Gov. Ortom


Governor Samuel Ortom: attacked by gun-toting herdsmen

Governor Samuel Ortom speaks on attack by herdsmen
Governor Samuel Ortom: attacked by gun-toting herdsmen

By Abankula

Gun-toting herdsmen have attacked Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom near Makurdi, the capital.

According to Channels Television, the attack happened on Saturday at Tyo Mu along Makurdi/Gboko road.

Briefing journalists, Governor Ortom said about 15 assailants trailed him to the river bank where he was on foot to inspect a farm.

The governor praised his six security details for responding quickly to the attack, repelling the assailants and providing cover for him to return to safety in his vehicles.

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He said troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, the police and DSS have mobilised to the forest between Tyo-Mu and Abinse where the armed herdsmen camped to comb the area.

He also called for the arrest and prosecution of the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.

The group at a meeting in Yola reportedly called for Ortom’s assassination.

Ortom said he would send a formal petition to President Muhammadu Buhari and the security chiefs.

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