Benue governor Ortom narrates how herdsmen opened fire on his convoy


Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, has narrated how gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked his convoy on Tyo Mu along Makurdi-Gboko on Saturday while on a visit to a farm it has been reported.

The governor, who confirmed the incident to journalists, described the gunmen as “herders”.

The governor alleged that the armed men, numbering about 15, trailed his convoy to the river bank where he was on foot with his security details to inspect a farm and opened fire on them.

Ortom praised his security details “who were just about six” for responding quickly to the attackers and repelling the armed men promptly before providing cover for him to return to safety.

The governor added that troops of operation whirl stroke, the police, and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), have mobilised to the forest between Tyo Mu and Abinse where the armed herdsmen are thought to be camped.

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

“Anyone who is not willing to respect the laws of our land should go and meet Bala Mohammed, and there you can carry AK-47, and you’ll not be apprehended. Here, when you come, we’ll apprehend you. I want this to be known,” he had said.

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