A Fulani group called the Fulani Nationality Movement (FUNAM) has claimed responsibility for the attack on Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom.
The group said in a statement by Umar Shehu that it planned to kill Mr Ortom on Saturday, but its plan suffered a setback due to communication error.
“Our attention has been drawn to media reports today speculating about who attacked the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom,” the statement reads.
“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 Ortom 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.”
Ortom was attacked on Saturday on his farm at Tyo-mu village along Makurdi-Gboko road.
The governor had fingered the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) as responsible for the attack following his anti-open grazing stance.