Governor Ortom of Benue State has cried out over an alleged plot by Fulani herdsmen to ambush and kill him along the Makurdi/Laafia highway.
Governor Ortom who spoke during an interactive session with the church, traditional institution 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, said he received intelligence report about the plan to have him kidnapped and murdered along Makurdi/Laafia road, which is the only route to Abuja.
The Governor who said he has reported the matter to the Police and other security agencies, said the herdsmen further planned to kill all his security aides.
“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 doesn’t allow me to travel by road, I would call flight operators. But, just a few days ago, the Federal Government has issued a circular directing that no flight should land in Makurdi Airport again,” Ortom stated.
He further accused some Benue indigenes of conniving with “forces in Abuja” to kill him. Punch reported that over 306 traditional rulers, youths, members of the Catholic Women Organisation and Catholic Men Organisation and other stakeholders were invited for the meeting to educate them on a violence-free election ahead of 2019.
This is coming few days, after The Force Commander, Operation Whirl Stroke, Major General Adeyemi Yekini, said troops had killed 21 herdsmen between Benue and Nasarawa states in the last few weeks.
The Force Commander also confirmed the death of a soldier and two others injured last Saturday, along Gbamjimba-Akor-Tomata in the Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.