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[File] Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has again, raised an alarm that Fulani herdsmen are planning to kidnap, torture and kill him along the Makurdi-Lafia highway.

He said this at an interactive session with the Church, traditional rulers and other stakeholders towards achieving peaceful and successful elections in 2019, organised by the Makurdi Catholic Diocese at the Pastoral Centre in Makurdi.

Ortom hinted intelligence report available to him indicated that Fulani herdsmen in part of Guma Local Council of the state were into the assassination plot.

His words: “The armed herdsmen, according to the intelligence report, would ensure that all my security aides were killed after which they would Kidnap me, torture me before killing me. Already, l had reported the matter to the police and other security agencies.

“Therefore, anytime my spirit doesn’t allow me to travel by road, I would call flight operators but just a few days ago, the Federal Government directed that flights should not land in Makurdi airport again.”

While alleging further that some Benue indigenes were conniving with other forces in Abuja to kill him, Ortom urged the Federal Government to end herdsmen’s killings in the country to guarantee peaceful elections next year.

He maintained that most of the polling units in the crisis-ridden areas have been destroyed and taken over by the Fulani herdsmen as their grazing fields.



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