There was uproar Sunday over the weekend assault on Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom by bandits.
The Nigeria Governors’ Discussion board (NGF), the Northern Governors’ Discussion board, the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and different teams condemned the assault, urging the police to trace down the criminals.
Police Inspector Normal Muhammed Adamu has dispatched a staff of policemen and officers from the Pressure Headquarters, Abuja, to Makurdi, the state capital, to analyze the incident and arrest these behind it.
He additionally directed the Benue State Police Commissioner, Audu Madaki, to strengthen safety across the governor and all through the state.
Ortom and his aides have been attacked by suspected herdsmen and bandits on his farm alongside Makurdi-Gboko highway final Saturday.
The governor, who narrated his ordeal at a church thanksgiving service in Makurdi yesterday stated he ran one kilometer on foot to flee assassination.
Describing the scene as terrible, he stated the rising insecurity confirmed that Nigeria is on a life assist.
On the thirty seventh priestly anniversary mass in honour of Rev. Father Donatus Ugema, on the RCCG Indicators and Wonders Mega Parish, the governor stated: “The assaults by herdsmen on innocent farmers, coupled with the killings of Internally Displaced Individuals
(IDPs) and destruction of homes, have been clear indications that the nation is sick and on life assist gasping for breath.
“the assault would moderately strengthen my dedication to execute God’s divine agenda for Benue.”
Throughout the solidarity go to by his commissioners, particular advisers, conventional rulers and different stakeholders, Ortom, who welcomed the deployment of the detectives from Abuja, stated that evil plans towards him would at all times fail.
The governor referred to as on Nigerians of fine conscience to avoid wasting the nation from drifting into anarchy.
He questioned why a sure ethnic group can be shielded and allowed to make use of its militia to wreak havoc on perceived enemies.
President Muhammadu Buhari additionally ordered an investigation into the armed assault.
In an announcement by his Senior Particular Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari said that anybody discovered culpable within the assault, his place not withstanding, ought to be made to face the regulation.
“Let there be open and clear investigation and whoever is linked to it ought to be caught and be made to face the regulation,” the President added.
Condemning the assault and sympathising with the governor and your entire state, President Buhari stated the incident shouldn’t be politicised.
Shehu stated: “President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemns assault on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, saying the string of brutal assaults on people and communities within the state, with the most recent one concentrating on the governor, was unacceptable.
“The President welcomes the dispatch of a excessive stage staff of crack investigators to the state from the Police headquarters in Abuja, urging the officers to uncover who, or by any means, was behind the assaults and convey them to justice.
“In expressing his sympathies, and that of the federal government of the federation to Governor Ortom and all Benue indigenes, President Buhari stated the unlucky incident should not be politicised, reiterating that an assault on one Nigerian is an assault on all Nigerians.
“The President directed the Police to undertake an intensive investigation into the incident involving the governor and into all such incidents affecting people and communities within the state”.
The NGF, in an announcement by its Chairman,Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State,empathised with Ortom, saying the incident was a “broad daylight try to chop quick his life”.
The governors stated that no effort ought to be spared to apprehend these behind the assault.
The assertion reads partially: “The information of the broad daylight try to chop quick the lifetime of the Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom, is stunning and a impolite awakening.
“The Nigeria Governors’ Discussion board (NGF) empathises with the governor and the folks of Benue State on this unhappy, cowardly, and depraved plan and vehemently condemns the act in its entirety.
“All arms should be on deck to uncover the identities of these concerned on this heinous crime.
“The NGF needs to state categorically that the try and make Benue State ungovernable is unacceptable and can fail woefully.
“Solely not too long ago, the brother of one of many former governors of the state was mowed down in chilly blood.
“This dishonourable and shameful act of resorting to violence, for no matter purpose, to eradicate residents of Benue State by brutal means, should not proceed.
“The NGF as a platform for all of the 36 Governors will proceed to encourage its members to face agency within the service of their folks, whatever the evil machinations of those that don’t want Nigeria properly.
“Evil is not going to be allowed to conquer good, not in Benue and never anyplace on this nation.”
Additionally, the Northern States’ Governors Discussion board Discussion board (NSGF) described the assault as one other “daring try by criminals to trigger mayhem, not solely in Benue State, however within the nation as a complete.”
The NSGF suggested in an announcement by its Chairman and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, that related safety businesses ought to examine the assault and apprehend the perpetrators.
Lalong stated arms should be on deck to sort out the insecurity threatening the company existence of the nation.
He stated the governor would proceed to have interaction and assist safety businesses of their responsibility of securing the area and the nation at massive.
Additionally, the PDP governors, in an announcement by their chairman, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, described the assault on Ortom as an invite to anarchy.
They warned that any try and hurt any governors might be seen by the governors as an try on “all of us”.
Tambuwal stated: “Nigeria will not be a Banana Republic, regardless that sure retrogressive parts and centrifugal forces try to consign Nigeria right into a failed state.
“Nigeria remains to be a democracy and a nation of legal guidelines and never males. No person, or group nonetheless extremely positioned, ought to take the legal guidelines into their arms. Self-help is an invite to anarchy and should be nipped within the bud.
“It stays the first duty of presidency, particularly the Federal Authorities, who’ve the monopoly of the coercive forces of state, to safe the lives and livelihoods of our folks, nonetheless low or excessive.”
The PDP Nationwide Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, expressed fear over the assault, which it stated, got here on the heels of Ortom’s outspokenness in exposing these allegedly behind the incessant assaults on communities within the state and demanding that the Federal Authorities ought to dwell as much as its duty on the safety of life and property within the state.
“Our social gathering urges Nigerians to carry the APC and its leaders accountable for the assault on Governor Ortom and name them to query ought to any hurt befall the governor or any member of his household and authorities.
The social gathering charged safety businesses to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the assault.
Ologbodiyan added: “The PDP fears for the lifetime of Governor Ortom and we urge Nigerians to carry the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration accountable over its failure to take a decisive step to verify the escalated insecurity and brazen assaults on harmless Nigerians”
The social gathering nonetheless, referred to as on Ortom to not be deterred by the assault, however to stay brave in offering management to the folks of his state.
The PDP additionally referred to as on the folks of Benue State to be calm and vigilant whereas offering helpful info to safety businesses to help in exposing the armed bandits.
Former Senate President David Mark condemned the assault, saying the safety state of affairs within the nation has turn into sacandalous.
Mark, a outstanding indigene of the state, warned that Nigerians shouldn’t be pushed to resorting to self assist.
He stated: “If a governor could be bracenly attacked, what would they not do to extraordinary residents? :et me say clearly that Benue individuals are receptive and accomodating. However, this ought to be not be mistaken for weak point. Sufficient of this illness.”
Nonetheless, the ruling APC warned the PDP towards politicising insecurity within the nation.
APC Caretaker Further-Odd Conference Planning Committee (CECPC) Secretary Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, in an announcement in Abuja, condemned the assault on the governor.
Akpanudoedehe stated: “The All Progressives Congress (APC) condemns the assault on the convoy of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom. We thank God for his security and reward the dutiful safety particulars for repelling the assault.
“We’re assured our safety companies will do every thing to unravel the criminals behind the assault and convey them to guide.
“The APC reiterates that we should all collaborate to finish criminality in all varieties. A criminal offense is against the law and shouldn’t be politicized in any approach.’
IGP Adamu, in an announcement by Pressure Public Relations Officer (FPPRO) Frank Mba, condemned the assault and referred to as for calm.
The police chief assured the folks of the state and different Nigerians that the police would proceed to do their greatest in offering safety within the nation.
He stated: “The Inspector-Normal of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has ordered full-scale investigations into the circumstances surrounding the assault and reported try on the lifetime of the Govt Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Chief Samuel Loraer Ortom, on his farm within the outskirts of Makurdi, the state capital on Saturday, twentieth March 2021.
“The IGP has additionally particularly directed the CP to hold out painstaking investigations into the incident and make sure the arrest and prosecution of individuals indicted in the midst of the investigations.”