- The House of Representatives has raised concerns over the attack on Governor Samuel Ortom
- The lawmakers noted that violent crimes are on the increase in Nigeria
- The legislators called on the police and the DSS to conduct a thorough investigation over the Benue incident
Federal lawmakers have asked the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Department of State Services (DSS) to go after the group which claimed responsibility for the recent attack on Governor Samuel Ortom.
Legit.ng recalled that the Fulani Nationality Movement (FUNAM) in a statement claimed that it carried out the attack on the Benue state governor over his alleged anti-Fulani actions.
The group stated that the governor escaped because of a slight technical communication error.
The claim by the group prompted the House of Representatives during plenary on Tuesday, March 23, to demand an investigation into the matter, The Punch reported.
According to a video of the deliberations posted on its official Twitter handle, the House condemned the raid on the governor and adopted a motion demanding that the threats and statements attributed to the group be investigated.
The legislators also raised concerns over the increase of violent crime in Nigeria.
The Reps said:
"The House call on the Department of State Services and Nigeria Police to investigate claims of responsibility on the attack of Governor Samuel Ortom, as well as other threats and statements allegedly attributed to one Umar Amir Shehu and the Fulani National Movement (FUNAM).”
The motion calling for an investigation into the incident was raised by members of the House from Benue state.
Meanwhile, the Benue state government has explained why Governor Samuel Ortom ran for over one kilometre to escape the attack by a militia group.
The chief press secretary, to the governor, Terver Akase, told The Nation that Ortom was attacked on a farm that was not accessible by road.
Akase said after the ambush, the governor and his security details had to run to where his convoy was parked one kilometre away.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years experience working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.