Police Deploy Special Squad In Benue Over Fulani Herdsmen Attack On Gov Ortom

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered full-scale investigations into the circumstances surrounding the assassination attempt on the life of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue.

Force spokesman Frank Mba disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Governor Ortom was reportedly attacked on Saturday in his farm at the outskirts of Makurdi, the state capital.

Mr Mba said that the IG condemned the incident and directed the Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Benue to strengthen and improve security in the state, particularly around the Governor.

He said that the IG had also directed the CP to carry out painstaking investigations into the incident and ensure the arrest and prosecution of persons indicted in the course of the investigations.

According to him, to ensure speedy, thorough and conclusive investigations into the matter, the IG has ordered the immediate deployment of a team of specialised investigators from the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).

He said that the deployment was to provide additional investigative support to the Police Command in Benue.

Mr Mba called for calm and pledged the commitment of the Force to continue to do its best in stabilising the security situation in the country.

He said that the police force would continue to work with relevant stakeholders to facilitate the fight against violent crimes and other criminal activities across the country.

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