Attack on Ortom: Benue Govt. fumes over IGP’s exoneration of herders
Benue State government has expressed worry over the preliminary outcome of investigation by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali on the attack of the Governor of the State, Samuel Ortom.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Terver Akase expressed the reservation on behalf of the State government following recent clarifications by IGP in respect of the attack on his principal by suspected Fulani herdsmen in March this year.
Reacting on the new development on the matter to Newsmen in Makurdi, Thursday, Mr.Akase stated that he was surprised that the IGP exonerated herders from being responsible for the attack on Governor Ortom, wondering whether the police boss was not quoted out of context. “We are yet to ascertain the authenticity of the report.
In his words, “what we read as reported is contrary, to the situation when a delegation came on a fact finding mission barely four days after the episode, though”, stressing however, that the police operatives had further added that investigations was still ongoing.
Akase, however emphasized the need to restrain patience, until the final conclusion of the case is made public, “otherwise what we have heard left so much to be desired for. ”
According to him, the police authority indicted hoodlums, for the attempt on the Governor’s life early in March this year, hence, the case is not yet concluded, there is high hope, that perpetrators must be fished out for the law to take its course.
It could be recalled that Governor Ortom narrowly escape death by the whiskers when attempt was made on his convoy by suspected Fulani herdsmen while returning on inspection from his farm but was foiled by security operatives attached to him.
Thereafter, high power investigation was instituted, by office Inspector General of Police to carry thorough investigation with a view to bringing the culprits to book.
By Henry Iyorkase, Makurdi