- IGP has ordered an investigation into the attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state
- The Nigerian police made this known on Sunday, March 21, in a statement shared on its Twitter page
- The police boss also directed that the security around the governor be strengthened
Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria's Inspector-General of Police (IGP) has ordered a full-scale investigation surrounding the attack and alleged attempt on the life of Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom.
Legit.ng recalls that gunmen suspected to be armed bandits opened fire on the convoy of the Benue state governor on Saturday, afternoon, March 20, along the Makurdi-Gboko highway.
This was made known in a series of tweets via the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Twitter account on Sunday, March 21.
While condemning the ugly incident, Adamu directed the Benue commissioner of police to beef up security in the state most especially around the governor.
The police boss urged the CP to ensure the arrest and prosecution of persons indicted in the course of the investigations.
Meanwhile, Governor Ortom recounted the near-death attack from gunmen along the Makurdi/Gboko road in the Makurdi local government area of the state.
Ortom said the assailants who attacked the convoy close to his farmland were about 15 in number with the chief aim to kill him.
During the attack, the governor said he had to run about 1.5 kilometers to escape being hurt, adding worse things would have happened if not for the swift intervention of his security detail.
In another report, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike said that that if Ortom is assassinated the federal government would be held responsible.
Wike made the disclosure in a series of tweets via his official Twitter account on Saturday, March 20, and sighted by Legit.ng.
The governor who stated this while reacting to an attempt on Ortom’s life stressed that the country could be plunged into another civil war if his Benue state counterpart is killed.
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