BREAKING: Police Arrest Armed Men Who Attacked Governor Ortom

BREAKING: Police Arrest Armed Men Who Attacked Governor Ortom

- The Acting IGP has announced that the armed men who attacked Governor Samuel Ortom have been apprehended

- The police boss, Usman Alkali Baba, made the comment during an interaction with State House correspondents

- The Yobe-born top cop also addressed many other issues concerning the police including recruitment, training and operations

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The police have announced the arrest of 10 suspects allegedly involved in the failed attack on the Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state

The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, announced the arrest on Thursday, May 27 at a press briefing monitored by at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

His words:

“Those who organised and those who pulled the trigger have all been arrested and investigation is ongoing.”

The IGP, however, said investigations so far show that the outcome is contrary to the claims made by the governor.

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BREAKING: Police Arrest Armed Men Who Attacked Governor Ortom
Governor Ortom was attacked on his farm in Benue state by armed men in March. Photo credit: @GovSamuelOrtom
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The governor had said the attack was carried out by armed herdsmen in the north-central state.

Speaking on the security challenges faced by Nigeria at the briefing, the IGP said as part of the recently launched Operation Restore Peace, police authorities are holding meetings with stakeholders in the country to look at non-kinetic ways of resolving security issues.

We are encouraging communities to have a sense of ownership of the Nigeria Police Force. We are also saying agitations can be done without violence.

He also confirmed that the Nigeria Police Force has started receiving support from Police Trust Fund, in terms of training, welfare and logistics.

IGP Baba also said the police is making final preparations with its planned recruitment of 10,000 new policemen.

He added that:

The Federal Character Commission and Police Service Commission (PSC) will ensure the reflection of federal character and other requirements.

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Reeling out his first priorities as Nigeria's new police chief, the Yobe-born top cop says he will focus on:

1. Repositioning the force management team

2. Rebuilding the morale of police personnel

3. Developing new policing vision, mission, and operational agenda and

4. Geopolitical mapping of crime. had earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday, May 26 inaugurated the West African Police Information System centre in Abuja as an initiative to fast-track the fight against transnational crimes.

According to a statement sent to journalists by police spokesman, CP Frank Mba, the centre was inaugurated by the minister of police affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi, in the company of the IGP Baba.

In a related development, INTERPOL says it is creating a new cybercrime operations desk with funding from the United Kingdom government to boost the capacity of 49 African countries to fight cybercrime. gathered that the Africa desk will help shape a regional strategy to drive intelligence-led coordinated actions against cybercriminals and support joint operations.


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Jerrywright Ukwu Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at

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