Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that but for the swift response of his security aides, the attack on his convoy today would have led to his death.
Speaking after the incident in Benue State, Ortom revealed that he received intelligence report that the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore which met in Yola, Adamawa State recently, singled him for elimination.
In the words of Ortom; “It took the swift response of my security aides to repel the attack, while I ran for a long distance to escape unhurt”.
Ortom, who stated these in Markurdi while addressing journalists and supporters at the Benue Peoples House (Government House), over the incident, said that the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore resolved at their meeting that he was a thorn in their flesh, thus must be eliminated.
The Governor said that the attack on him by suspected militia herdsmen took place in his farm situated Tyo-mu, along the Makurdi-Gboko road.
According to him: “I was inspecting the farm when suddenly, the militia herders, who dressed in black and had laid ambush for me and my security men, opened fire”.
Ortom noted that the attack came a few days after the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore held a meeting in Yola, Adamawa State, during which he was singled out as being a thorn in their flesh and therefore must be eliminated.
The Governor however said that his life is in the hands of God, adding that no Fulani militia has the power to take it without God’s permission.
In his words; “As many times as they will try, they would continue to fail since we are standing on the truth”.