- Governor Samuel Ortom claims herdsmen are after his life
- The Benue governor said he has intelligence report to back his claim
- He said he has reported to security operatives about the plans to kill him
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has raised alarm, claiming he has intelligence report that some herdsmen were plotting to kidnap and kill him.
The Punch reports that the governor said this during an interactive session with the church, traditional institution and other stakeholders towards peaceful elections in 2019, organised by the Makurdi Catholic Diocese.
Ortom claimed the intelligence report he received indicated that they plot to kill him along the Makurdi/Laafia highway. He said the supposed attackers are occupying parts of Guma local government area of the state waiting to strike.
He said: “The armed herdsmen, according to the intelligence report, would ensure that all my security aides were killed, after which they would kidnap and torture me before killing me. Already, I had reported the matter to the Police and other security agencies and they are aware of this.
“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 has issued a circular directing that no flight should land in Makurdi Airport again.”
He also claimed some Benue indigenes connived with “forces in Abuja” to kill him.
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state said that he is being persecuted for dumping the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
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In an interview with Vanguard, Ortom said that the recent freezing of his bank account by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) was because he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
NAIJ.com gathered that while speaking on the freezing of his account, the governor said that it was strange to him, adding that the development made him to approach court of law to seek redress.
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