Go after Fulani group threatening Ortom, Reps tell Police, DSS

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The of Representatives has charged the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services to go after a shadowy group, Nationality , which has claimed responsibility for the recent attack on the Governor of State, Samuel Ortom.

The lawmakers, at the plenary on Tuesday, unanimously adopted a motion jointly moved by of the from , who demanded an investigation of the attack and prosecution of the suspects.

Adopting the motion, The “condemn the armed attack and assassination attempt on Governor Samuel Ortom of State by unidentified gunmen on the 20th March, 2021,” while commending the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for his prompt response and immediately ordering an investigation into the attack.

The House “call on the Department of State Services and Nigeria Police to investigate claims of responsibility on the attack of Governor Samuel Ortom, as well as threats and statements allegedly attributed to one Umar Amir Shehu and the National (FUNAM).”

Also, the lawmakers “all Nigerians of good conscience and law-abiding citizens to keep faith in the indivisibility, and sovereignty of the nation.”

The motion, titled, ‘Armed Attack and Assassination Attempt on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and the Worsening Spate of Insecurity in Nigeria,’ was sponsored by Messrs Kpam Jimin Sokpo, Benjamin Mzondu, Mark Gbillah, John Dyegh, Tyough Robert, Herman Hembe, Samson Okwu, Francis Agbo, Richard Gbande, Blessing Onuh and Godday Samuel.

There was an assassination attempt on Ortom on Saturday, with the governor saying suspected numbering about 15 attacked him in his farm at Tyo-Mu community, near Makurdi, the state capital. He attributed the attack to his campaign against , who had been attacking farmers in the state and parts of the country.

FUNAM had said carried out the attack on Ortom. The group disclosed that 11 of its were involved in the assassination attempt on Ortom, noting that a error aided the governor’s escape, adding that he would not escape next time

In the motion, the Benue lawmakers said they were concerned about “the worsening spate of violent crimes and insecurity across the country ranging from cultism, armed robbery, armed , bandit , armed militia , Boko Haram insurgency and .”

The noted that the media have been reporting FUNAM, which has one Umar Amir Shehu, claimed responsibility for the attack on Ortom and justified its attempt on the of the governor.

The lawmakers further said they were disturbed by the inflammatory statements attributed to the group.

The motion partly read, “The House takes cognisance of the response by the President and Commander-in- of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, in condemning the armed attack and assassination attempt on Governor Samuel Ortom, and his subsequent directive for the Police to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the attack.

“The House acknowledges the directives of the Inspector General of Police (Mohammed Adamu) and immediate deployment of FCID to Benue State for a thorough investigation of the incident.

“The House is even more worried that the assassination attempt on Ortom of Benue State is an invitation to and glaring indication that the nation is drifting into a state of full-scale lawlessness.