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Attack on Ortom should not be politicized – President Buhari

NEWSMAN, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the assassination attempt on Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

Buhari in a statement signed by his media aide, Garba Shehu, welcomed the decision of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, to unveil those behind the assassination bid with the aim of bringing them to book.

Recall that Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen had over the weekend attacked Ortom at Tyo Mu along Makurdi/Gboko road in Makurdi Local Government Area of the state.

A Fulani group identified as Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM, has claimed responsibility for the attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

FUNAM said it planned to kill Ortom, but its plan suffered a setback due to a slight communication error.

The president while admonishing the officers investigating the attack to uncover who, or whatsoever, and bring them to justice, said the string of brutal attacks on individuals and communities in Benue, with the latest one targeting the governor, was unacceptable.

Buhari, expressing his sympathies to Governor Ortom and all Benue indigenes, warned that the unfortunate incident must not be politicized, reiterating that an attack on one Nigerian is an attack on all Nigerians.

“In expressing his sympathies, and that of the government of the federation to Governor Ortom and all Benue indigenes, President Buhari said the unfortunate incident must not be politicized, reiterating that an attack on one Nigerian is an attack on all Nigerians,” the statement read in part.

“The President has directed the Police to undertake a thorough investigation into the attack involving the governor and into all such incidents affecting individuals and communities in the state.

“Let there be open and transparent investigation and whoever is linked to it should be caught and be made to face the law,” it added.

Also, a statement by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, noted that: “The news of the broad daylight attempt to cut short the life of the Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom, is shocking and a rude awakening.

“The Nigeria Governors Forum empathises with the governor and the people of Benue State on this sad, cowardly, and wicked plan and vehemently condemns the act in its entirety.”

The forum said all hands must be on deck to uncover the identities of those involved in the heinous crime, pointing out that it was only recently that the brother of one of the former governors of the state was mowed down in cold blood.

“This dishonourable and shameful act of resorting to violence, for whatever reason, to eliminate citizens of Benue State by brutal means, must not continue,” it said.

In their reaction, PDP governors warned that ‘enough is enough’ of the insecurity in the country.

The PDP Governors’ Forum charged security agencies to investigate the attack and fish out the culprits.

In a statement by its Chairman and Sokoto State Governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, the PDP governors warned that any attempt to harm any Nigerian will be viewed by the forum as an attempt on its members.

“We believe strongly that any dispute or perceived dispute should be and must be resolved amicably without resort to violence. Nigeria is not a Banana Republic, even though certain retrogressive elements and centrifugal forces are trying to consign Nigeria into a failed state.”

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has ordered an investigation into the attack on Ortom.

In a statement by Force Public Relations Officer and Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Frank Mba, the IG ordered investigations into the circumstances surrounding the attack on the governor.

“The IG has also specifically directed the CP to carry out painstaking investigations into the incident and ensure the arrest and prosecution of persons indicted in the course of the investigations,” it said.

“The IG ordered the immediate deployment of a team of specialised investigators from the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID), Abuja to Benue State to provide additional investigative support to the Benue State Police Command.”

While calling for calm, the IG assured the people of Benue State and the country that the police will strive to stabilise the security situation in the country.

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