Major Tension As Powerful Forces In Abuja, Conclude Plans To Murder Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, Allegedly

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Friday, has alleged that Fulani herdsmen, and some “powerful forces in Abuja”, have concluded plans to lay ambush and kill him, along the Makurdi/Lafia highway.

Ortom explained that he had received intelligence report about the plan to have him kidnapped and murdered.

Recall, that the Makurdi/Lafia road is the only route to Abuja, from Benue State.

The Governor, revealed this during an interactive session with the Church, Traditional Institutions, and other Stakeholders, towards peaceful elections in 2019, organised by the Makurdi Catholic Diocese, and held at the Pastoral Centre, Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

The Governor, who spoke in Tiv dialect, disclosed that he got an intelligence report, which indicated that the Fulani herdsmen who are currently occupying parts of Guma Local Government Area of the State were already hatching plans to attack him, along the Abuja-Lafia Road.

“The armed herdsmen, according to the intelligence report, would ensure that all my Security Aides were killed, after which they would kidnap and torture me, before killing me.

“Already, I had reported the matter to the Police and other Security Agencies, and they are aware of this.

“Therefore, anytime my spirit does not allow me to travel by road, I would call flight operators. But, just a few days ago, the Federal Government had issued a circular, directing that no flight should land in Makurdi Airport again”, Ortom stated.

Ortom also alleged that some Benue indigenes have connived with “forces in Abuja” to kill him.