Attack on Ortom, three suspects arrested

In a major crack down, the police have arrested three Jukun fishermen in connection with last Saturday’s attack on the convoy of Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom along Tyo Mu, Makurdi.

The Security Adviser to Ortom, Col. Paul Hemba, confirmed the arrest today while conducting journalists round the scene of the attack.

Hemba stated the police team found the fishermen close to the scene of the attack and they are being investigated.

Ortom was attacked by suspected herders who attempted to kill him.

He later recounted his horrific experience after surviving the deadly attack.


The governor said he ran 1.5 kilometers to escape unhurt.

Briefing journalists at Makurdi after the incident, Ortom said he was inspecting his farm on Saturday when armed herders, dressed in black, opened fire on him and his security aides.

He said it took the swift response of his security aides to repel the attack, while he ran a long distance to escape unhurt.

“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,” Ortam added.

Details later….

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