Governor Samuel Ortom, on Sunday, January 26; cheated death after he was attacked by suspected armed herdsmen; who shot at him in his farm at Adeke along Makurdi-Naka road.
This attack on Ortom was sequel to the abduction and murder of a member of the state’s Livestock Guard in Ado Local Government Area, LGA; by suspected herdsmen.
The Governor, during an interview in Makurdi; said he had gone to his farm in the outskirts of Makurdi town; when armed herdsmen besieged the vicinity and open fire.
“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.”
The Governor lamented that the influx of armed herdsmen into the state had become a source of concern. Further, he affirmed that the situation needed to be checked urgently.
He said, “We are doing everything possible to arrest the situation. These 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 are 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 the majority of all the kidnappings you see around are carried out by armed herdsmen.”