The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Wednesday formally presented to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, a petition on Saturday’s assassination attempt on him.

The governor presented the petition to the police boss at an early morning meeting the two of them had in Abuja.

Recall that Ortom and his aides were attacked on Saturday on his way to his farm along Makurdi-Gboko Road.


The governor, while narrating his ordeal during a thanksgiving service on Sunday, said he ran over one kilometre to escape assassination.

A group, the Fulani Nationality Movement, had claimed responsibility for the attack, fuelling calls by groups and individuals on the nation’s security agencies to unmask the people behind the group and bring them to book.

But the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services have so far kept mum on the calls.

It was gathered that after the governor met President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday and formally briefed him on the incident, he decided to also meet with the IGP.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, confirmed that the governor and the IGP met in Abuja.

Mba, a Commissioner of Police, said: “It is true that Governor Samuel Ortom and IGP Adamu met this (Wednesday) morning in Abuja.

“The governor came to the meeting with a formal petition on the incident which he submitted to the IGP.

“IGP Adamu has treated the petition expeditiously. He has directed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Intelligence Bureau, Tijjani Baba, to continue investigation into the matter.

“You know that we (the police) have already started handling the matter even before the governor submitted the petition.”

Ortom himself had earlier shared a photograph of himself and the IGP on his official Twitter handle with a caption “Earlier today with “PoliceNG IG Mohammed Adamu after a meeting in Abuja.”


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