I Trekked 1.5km To Escape Being Killed By Herdsmen, Says Gov. Ortom


    Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Saturday evening narrated how he escaped gunmen, suspected to be herdsmen, who attacked him along Gboko-Makurdi road, early in the day.

    Ortom, speaking at the Government House, Makurdi said he ran 1.5 kilometers to escape unhurt.

    The governor disclosed that he was inspecting his farm on Saturday when about 15 armed herders, dressed in black, opened fire on him and his security aides.

    The governor, who said the attack came few days after Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore held a meeting in Yola, Adamawa State, where he was identified as a thorn in their flesh, said it took the quick response of his security aides to repel the attack,

    He said he had to run a long distance to escape unhurt, adding that his attackers also pursued him.

    Ortom said he was not surprised that attempt was made on his life as he has been the only person, who has been very vocal against herdsmen that have been causing insecurity across the country in recent times.

    Ortom said that as many times as they try, those who are trying to silence him would continue to fail as his life was in the hands of God.

    The governor promised to send a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari and the security chiefs on the dangers posed by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.

    He noted that allowing the leadership of the group to walk freely with security personnel was not in the best interest of the country.

    The governor also said that the Ranching Law, which ban open grazing in the state has come to stay, adding that his government would never repeal the law.








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