’15 gunmen shot sporadically at Ortom’s convoy’ — Benue CP

’15 gunmen shot sporadically at Ortom’s convoy’ — Benue CP

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The Benue State police Command says about 15 armed men shot sporadically at Governor Samuel Ortom’s entourage on Saturday.

The State Governor’s convoy was attacked on Makurdi/Gboko road in Makurdi Local Government Area of the State on the fateful day.

The State Commissioner of police, Mr. Audu Madaki who disclosed this in a Press release by the Public Relations officer of the Command, DSP Catherine Anene on Sunday, stressed that the hoodlums came out from the bush.

While condemning the unprovoked attack on the Governor, the CP, lauded the bravery of the gallant escort personnel attached to the convoy who repelled the attackers and secured the Governor who was going to his farm located at Abua Village, Gboko road, Makurdi back to Benue Peoples House, Makurdi unhurt.

He stated that investigation into the incident has begun, but cautioned that “such lawlessness cannot be condoned in Benue state under his watch”.

According to him, “Upon receipt of this information, a team of police officers was detailed to the scene to prevent further breakdown of law and order and on the spot assessment of the crime scene”.

The Press release in part reads: “On Saturday 20th March, 2021 at about 1200hrs a distress call was received from one of the police officers deployed as Escort to the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Samuel Ortom that, while on escort duty with the Governor to His farm located at Abua Village, Gboko road, Makurdi; some armed men numbering about 15 came out from the bush and started shooting sporadically at His Excellency’s entourage. He (CP Madaki) stated further that they were able to repel the attackers and secure the Governor back to Benue Peoples House, Makurdi unhurt.

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“Upon receipt of this information, a team of police officers was detailed to the scene to prevent further breakdown of law and order and on the spot assessment of the crime scene”, DSP Anene said.

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