- The police deployed a special investigative team in Benue over the attack on Ortom
- According to the security force, the team will be led by DCP Abba Kyari
- Specifically, the police tasked the team to ensure the arrest of those connected to the attack
In efforts to unravel the mystery behind the assassination attempt on the life of Governor Samuel Ortom, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammad Adamu, has activated a special taskforce.
To this end, the IGP deployed super cop Abba Kyari to Benue state. His task is to investigate the attempt and bring those involved to justice.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba on Sunday, March 28.
According to him, Kyari's team consists of operatives from the Tactical Investigation Units of the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB).
Specifically, those deployed are crack detectives with specialized competencies in crime scene investigation and reconstruction, ballistics, fingerprint analysis and other core areas of forensics," Daily Trust reports.
He said the team is expected to do the following:
1. Take over and consolidate all on-going investigations into the incident.
2. Investigate all angles of the reported attack
3. Ensure that all persons empirically linked to the incident are apprehended and brought to book.
Legit.ng had reported that the police arrested three Jukun fishermen over the recent attack.
The security adviser to Ortom, Paul Hemba, confirmed the arrest of the suspects.
Hemba stated the police team found the fishermen close to the scene of the attack and are being investigated.
Meanwhile, the Pan Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisation, Afenifere has lent its voice in sympathy with the Benue governor over the weekend attack on him.
The Southwest group in a statement by its leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, also berated the president, Muhammadu Buhari, over his statement that the attack should not be politicised.
According to the Afenifere leader, President Buhari's reaction to the development amounted to shedding crocodile tears.
In another report, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria distanced itself from the reported assassination attempt on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state by gunmen on Saturday, March 20.
MACBAN's secretary-general, Usman Baba-Ngelzerma, said on Monday, March 22, that the group was not a criminal association.
However, Baba-Ngelzerma condemned the attack on behalf of MACBAN. He added that if there was truly an attack of the governor, the security agencies should be alerted to conduct a proper investigation.
He denied Governor Ortom's claim that MACBAN held a meeting in Adamawa state to plan his assassination.