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Fulani group reveals why they attacked Ortom

A group identified as Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM, has claimed responsibility for the Saturday’s attack on Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom at Tyo Mu along Makurdi-Gboko road while on a visit to a farm.

FUNAM said the attack on Governor Ortom was a case of vengeance for destroying “the Fulani values and inheritance” and his stand against open grazing.

This was contained in a statement entitled: “Why we attacked Ortom” and signed by Umar Amir Shehu.

According to the statement, governor Ortom escaped because of a slight communication error, adding that the intention was to kill him.

The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to media reports today speculating about who attacked the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.

“Yes. Yes, We did. The Fulani Nationality Movement, (FUNAM) carried out the attack. We have genuine reasons. We acted on behalf of Millions of Fulani people in 15 countries.

“It’s a case of vengeance against an infidel who has used his time and money, deployed in destroying the Fulani values and inheritance.

“Our courageous fighters carried out this historic attack to send a great message to Ortum and his collaborators: Where ever you are, once you are against Fulani long term interest, we shall get you down. This is a clear warning. We hope those who take us for granted will get the indisputable message.

“Our intention is unequivocal: TO KILL HIM. That mission will one day be fulfilled and very soon too.”

“Eleven of FUNAM operatives were involved in the attack. Ortom escaped today because of a slight technical communication error. Next time, he will not be lucky. We can assure him and his supporters.”

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