Fulani militia attack Governor Ortom in Benue
Charles Nwoke, Makurdi, Nigeria
March 21, 2021
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Unknown gunmen believed to be herdsmen have attacked Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
According to reports, the ugly incident occurred on Saturday at Tyo Mu along Makurdi/Gboko road in Makurdi Local Government Area Council of the state.
Speaking with newsmen, Ortom, who described the gunmen as ‘herdsmen’, said about 15 of the attackers trailed him to the river bank where he was on foot and then attacked his entourage.
The Governor eulogized his security details that were just about six in number for responding quickly to the attack and immediately subdued them before providing cover for him to return to safety and his vehicle.
He said, “My lawyer is going to make a petition against the leadership of MACBAN because they came out to target me and behind the scene, they are planning to eliminate me on my own land,” he said.
“If I can’t go to the farm as governor with entire security around me then who else can go to the farm? You can imagine the pains that we have here in Benue State.
“I appreciate the security personnel attached to me. They were able to repel them and they could not have access to me,” Ortom stated.