Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has confirmed that he almost lost his life during an attack on Saturday by some gunmen he described as herdsmen.
The Governor who spoke with newsmen after the incident, narrated that the gunmen, numbering about 15, trailed him and his team to a riverbank when he was on foot before launching the attack.
It will be recalled as previously reported by touchaheart blog that the gunmen opened fire on the governor’s convoy at Tyo Mu community along Makurdi/Gboko road, few miles from Makurdi.
However, the gunmen were repelled by the security men attached to the governor.
Confirming the incident, Governor Ortom told newsmen that his security team of just about six persons, responded and repelled the armed men who attacked him and then whisked him away to safety.
While praising the gallant efforts of his security team, Ortom added that troops of operation whirl stroke, the police, and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), have mobilized to the forest between Tyo Mu and Abinse to dislodge the armed herdsmen.
He also blamed the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and called for their arrest.