Updated: Ortom Meets Buhari Over Attack By Suspected Herdsmen


Following the attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, by suspected Fulani herdsmen, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with him at the Aso Villa, Abuja.

Ortom’s convoy had been attacked while on a visit to his farm on Saturday.

The governor in his account of the incident said the gunmen, numbering about 15, trailed his convoy to the river bank where he was on foot with his security details to inspect his farm and opened fire on them.

Ortom after meeting with Buhari told newsmen he came to commend the president for the statement he made condemning the attack.

“Buhari has accepted the suggestions I made on the security situation in the state.

“I am saddened by those expressing doubts that my convoy was attacked by the gunmen.

“What benefits would accrue to me from claiming what did not happen?,” he said.

The governor also appealed to Nigerians to stop playing politics on the issue of security, adding that all citizens must work together to tackle the menace.

He commended other governors who stood by him over the attack.

Ortom said he did nothing wrong in enacting a law beneficial to the state.

The Precision NG reports that governor Ortom have had a long battle with herders in the state over his anti-grazing laws.

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