Benue Governor Escapes Death, As Herdsmen Fired At Him, Abduct Others

Benue state governor Samuel Ortom has escaped death by the whiskers as dreaded Fulani herdsmen fired at him while he visited his farm land.

In a statement issued in Markudi, the governor narrated how he was forced to seek the help of joint security team as herdsmen shot at him, abducted and later killed one of the security agents in the state.

He said: “just last week I was in my farm that is situated in the outskirts of Makurdi town when armed herdsmen came there and shot at me.

“They also shot at the vehicle of our Livestock Guards who came there and shattered it. We had to call the joint military security team, Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, who came and saved the situation,” he added.

He continued:“We are doing everything possible to arrest the situation. This people are deliberately coming into the state. And I have always maintained the armed herdsmen, ISWA, ISIS and Boko Haram are the same thing and they are out to prosecute the same agenda.

“There is no two ways about that. Even when we went for the North Central Security meeting l told them the same thing. Miyetti Allah leadership should also be arrested because majority of all the kidnappings you see around are carried out by armed herdsmen.”

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