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Benue Governor, Ortom recounts how herdsmen opened fire on his convoy

The Executive Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has recounted how armed men suspected to be herdsmen attacked his convoy on Saturday.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the incident happened at Tyo Mu along Makurdi-Gboko road while on a visit to a farm.

Confirming the incident to newsmen, the governor described the gunmen as “herders”.

He said the armed men, numbering about 15, trailed his convoy to the river bank where he was on foot with his security details to inspect a farm and opened fire on them.

Ortom praised his security details “who were just about six” for responding quickly to the attackers and repelling the armed men promptly before providing cover for him to return to safety.

The governor added that troops of operation whirl stroke, the police, and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), have mobilised to the forest between Tyo Mu and Abinse where the armed herdsmen are thought to be camped.

He also called for the arrest and prosecution of the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.

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