Ortom: IGP orders probe into assassination attempt

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered a full-scale investigation into the reported assassination attempt on the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, at his farm in the outskirts of Makurdi, the capital.

The IG condemned the incident and equally directed the state’s commissioner of Police to take adequate measures towards strengthening and improving security in the state, particularly around the governor.

Force spokesman, Frank Mba, in a statement on Sunday, said the IG has also directed the CP to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the attackers.

The statement, titled, ‘Attack on Governor Ortom of Benue State: IG orders full-scale investigations,’, read:

“The IGP has also specifically directed the CP to carry out painstaking investigations into the incident and ensure the arrest and prosecution of persons indicted in the course of the investigations.

“Meanwhile, in order to ensure a speedy, thorough and conclusive investigation into the matter, the IGP has ordered the immediate deployment of a team of specialized investigators from the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Abuja, to Benue State to provide additional investigative support to the Benue State Police Command.”

Appealing for calm, Adamu assured the people of Benue State and the country at large that the Force would continue to do its best in stabilizing the security situation in the country.

He further reiterated that the Force would continue to work with relevant stakeholders to advance the fight against violent crimes and other criminal activities across the country.

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