Ortom petitions IGP over assassination attempt, Adamu assigns probe

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The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Wednesday formally presented to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, a petition on Saturday’s assassination attempt on him.

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The PUNCH learnt that the governor presented the petition to the police boss at an early morning meeting the two of them had in Abuja.

Recall that Ortom and his aides were attacked on Saturday on his way to his farm along Makurdi-Gboko Road.

The governor, while narrating his ordeal during a thanksgiving service on Sunday, said he ran over one kilometre to escape assassination.

A group, the Fulani Nationality Movement, had claimed responsibility for the attack, fuelling calls by groups and individuals on the nation’s security agencies to unmask the people behind the group and bring them to book.

But the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services have so far kept mum on the calls.

Our correspondent learnt that after the governor met the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday and formally briefed him on the incident, he decided to also meet with the IGP.

A source close to the governor said, “Yes, the governor met with the IGP earlier today (Wednesday) to formally report the incident to him.

“Of course, we know that the IGP is already aware of the incident. He had even earlier ordered an investigation but we are not unmindful of the fact that when a crime is committed, a formal complaint must be made to the police.

“This was why His Excellency decided to submit a formal complaint to the IGP today (Wednesday) after he had met with the President on Tuesday.

“It was a sign that the governor believes in the police to carry out thorough investigation into the matter.”

When contacted on the telephone, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, confirmed that the governor and the IGP met in Abuja.

Mba, a Commissioner of Police, said, “It is true that Governor Samuel Ortom and IGP Adamu met this (Wednesday) morning in Abuja.

“The governor came to the meeting with a formal petition on the incident which he submitted to the IGP.

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