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Governor Ortom appears before Senate panel investigating Benue killings

Governor Ortom appears before Senate panel investigating Benue killings

- Governor Ortom meets behind closed door with Senate panel investigating Benue killings

- Doyin Okupe says the random attacks in parts of the country does not seem to add up as herdsmen attacks

Governor Samuel Ortom has appeared before the Senate panel investigating the killings by suspected herdsmen in Benue state.

The investigation is being conducted by the joint Senate committee on police affairs; and national security and intelligence. The panel invited Ortom over his indictment by the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, for alleged culpability in the security crisis in the state, Punch reports.

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The Senate had on February 7, rejected the report of its joint committee on police affairs and national security and intelligence on the basis that the state governor, Samuel Ortom, who was mentioned severally in the IGP report was not invited for his side of the story.

Meanwhile, Doyin Okupe, a former aide to ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan, has suggested that the spate of the so-called herdsmen attacks nationwide might support the government's claims that terrorist group ISIS, might have infiltrate Nigeria.

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Okupe, who made the statement onWednesday, February 14, stated that the random attacks in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau , Kaduna, Zamfara, Enugu, Anambra, Edo , Ogun, Ekiti, Kwara among other states, does not seem to add up as herdsmen attacks.

He said the government itself initially believed these acts were committed by the herdsmen in their attempt to secure the lives of their herds.

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