Buhari meets Ortom after attack in Benue

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, met with Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting came three days after Ortom’s convoy was attacked while on his way to his farm.

Buhari has since ordered that the attack which took place on Saturday be thoroughly investigated.

Buhari, who described the attack as unacceptable, called on the police to fish out the perpetrators of the attack and bring them to justice.

The president, in a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu, warned that the incident should not be politicised.

“In expressing his sympathies, and that of the government of the federation to Governor Ortom and all Benue indigenes, President Buhari said the unfortunate incident must not be politicized, reiterating that an attack on one Nigerian is an attack on all Nigerians,” he said.

“Let there be open and transparent investigation and whoever is linked to it should be caught and be made to face the law.”

On Saturday, gunmen suspected to be herdsmen had attacked Ortom at Tyo Mu along Makurdi/Gboko Road in Makurdi Local Government Area of the state, where he had gone to inspect his farm.

Ortom, who disclosed that the armed herders, dressed in black, opened fire on him and his security aides, noted that he ran 1.5 kilometers to escape unhurt.

“You know today is Saturday and I usually go to my farm. So, I went to my farm along Gboko Road and on our way back, we started hearing some gunshots and we discovered people who were dressed in black and from experience, we now discovered that these are Fulani militias,” he recalled.