Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has escaped being killed after some herdsmen shot at him in his farmland in Benue state.
Eye9ja reports that the Benue state Governor while narrating his ordeal, revealed that he narrowly escaped death after he was shot while in his farm located along Makurdi – Naka road in Makurdi, Benue state capital.
The Governor, who spoke to journalists in Makurdi on Monday, reiterated his call for arrest and prosecution of the leadership of Meyitta Allah for allegedly instigating violence against farmers in the state he Governs.
In his statement obtained by Eye9ja, Governor Samuel Ortom said; “I went to my farm last week and the herdsmen, who were coming back to Benue state in their numbers shot at me.”
Ortom further explained that he was rescued by the timely intervention of men of Operation Whirl Stroke who responded promptly to rescue him, adding that the herdsmen, however, fled the scene of their crime.
Eye9ja understands that the Benue state Governor who expressed disappointment over the ugly incident, also expressed concern that herdsmen were allowed to carry sophisticated weapons more than security agencies.
He said that herdsmen were not coming for grazing, and stressed thus; “anti-open grazing prohibition law is still in force and anyone who wants to do business of animal husbandry must embrace ranching”.