Reps To IGP: Arrest and Prosecute Gov. Ortom’s Attackers

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The House of Representatives has charged the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services to go after a shadowy group, Fulani Nationality Movement, which has claimed responsibility for the recent attack on the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.

The lawmakers, at the plenary on Tuesday, unanimously adopted a motion jointly moved by members of the House from Benue, who demanded an investigation of the attack and prosecution of the suspects.

Adopting the motion, The House “condemn the armed attack and assassination attempt on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State by unidentified gunmen on the 20th March, 2021,” while commending the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for his prompt response and immediately ordering an investigation into the attack.

The House of Representatives has charged the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services to go after a shadowy group, Fulani Nationality Movement, which has claimed responsibility for the recent attack on the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.

The lawmakers, at the plenary on Tuesday, unanimously adopted a motion jointly moved by members of the House from Benue, who demanded an investigation of the attack and prosecution of the suspects.

Adopting the motion, The House “condemn the armed attack and assassination attempt on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State by unidentified gunmen on the 20th March, 2021,” while commending the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for his prompt response and immediately ordering an investigation into the attack.

There was an assassination attempt on Ortom on Saturday, with the governor saying suspected herdsmen numbering about 15 attacked him in his farm at Tyo-Mu community, near Makurdi, the state capital. He attributed the attack to his campaign against killer herdsmen, who had been attacking farmers in the state and other parts of the country.

FUNAM had said it carried out the attack on Ortom. The group disclosed that 11 of its members were involved in the assassination attempt on Ortom, noting that a technical error aided the governor’s escape, adding that he would not escape next time

In the motion, the Benue lawmakers said they were concerned about “the worsening spate of violent crimes and insecurity across the country ranging from cultism, armed robbery, armed herdsmen attacks, bandit attacks, armed militia attacks, Boko Haram insurgency and terrorism.”

The members noted that the media have been reporting FUNAM, which has through one Umar Amir Shehu, claimed responsibility for the attack on Ortom and justified its attempt on the life of the governor.

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