“If not for my security men and God I would have been dead by now. I ran over 1.5 kilometers to escape while my security men repelled the herdsmen.”
The Benue State Governor made the statements after escaping from gunmen who opened fire on his convoy along the Makurdi/Gboko road in the Makurdi local government area of the state today, March 20. He was returning from to Makurdi from Gboko.
Governor Ortom said that the assailants who attacked the convoy close to his farmland were about 15 in number with the chief aim of killing him.
According to the governor, from intelligence received from security agents, the attack came just a few days after he was described by the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal in Yola, as a thorn in the flesh.
He vowed to send a letter of petition to President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria’s military heads against the herders’ group on the incidence.
During the attack, the gunmen and the governor’s security personnel exchanged gunfire.