Three kinsmen of Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom, have been reportedly killed by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
It was reported on Saturday, February 19, that the three, two males and a female, were killed Saturday at about 5 pm when the gunmen laid an ambush and blocked the Lordye-Gbajimba road in Guma Local Government Area of the state.
The victims were riding on a motorcycle when they were ambushed and shot dead by the killer herdsmen who have taken over parts of the local government bordering Nasarawa State.
Security agencies mandated by Ortom, who recovered the bodies, said those who were shot died on the spot from gunshot wounds; while the other was brutally macheted to death.
Soldiers attached to Operation Whirl Stroke recovered the bodies and deposited the corpses at Gbajimba general hospital.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ortom, Mr Nat Ikyur, Saturday night, said; “This has been the plight of Benue indigenes in the hands of Fulani herdsmen who have invaded the state in a bid to take over our ancestral lands”.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has expressed displeasure over the conduct of the Saturday governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun.
Aregbesola, who was absent at his Ifofin Ward 8 in Ilesa East Local Government area; expressed his displeasure in a statement made available to newsmen in Osogbo, on Saturday, February 19.
The statement, entitled: “Hold Your Heads High” was issued by his Media Adviser, Sola Fasure; saying that he had heard how the party’s registration cards were being hawked to the supporters of Gov. Gboyega Oyetola.
Oyetola won by 309 votes against 146 votes recorded for Moshood Adeoti; the candidate supported by Aregbesola in the later’s Ward in Ilesa.
The minister said he also received reports of how accreditation was not done at all in many wards.
He also alleged that people without the party’s identification cards participated in the primary; queuing behind the governor in many polling units.