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Benue State Gov. Ortom Confirms Attack On Him By Armed Men

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Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has confirmed attack on him by suspected militia herdsmen on Saturday.

The incident occurred in his farm at Tyo-mu, along Makurdi – Gboko road.

The timely response of his security aides repelled the attack.

The Governor was concerned that the attack is coming a few days after the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, held a meeting in Yola, and singled him out as a thorn in their flesh, which must be eliminated.

According to The Tribune, the traditional ruler told the BBC Hausa service that the bandits attacked his convoy with the aim of killing him.

The monarch said he was fortunate that he was not in the convoy when the attack occurred. He stated that if the bandits are in his domain because of gold deposits, let them explore it and leave his people alone. 

In another report, Ahmed Audi, the Nigerian Security, and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) commandant general has alleged that the bandits operating in the country have international sponsors.

Channels TV reported that Audi made the accusation during the training workshop for state commandants of the NSCDC in Abuja on Wednesday, March 17. null

According to the boss, Nigeria is currently facing an asymmetric war that requires inter-agency collaboration among security agencies.

Still on security, troops of sector 3 Operation HADARIN DAJI on Tuesday, March 18, stormed Kabasa village in Magami local government of Zamfara state where armed bandits were attacking locals.

The director of Army public relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, in a statement on the Facebook page of the Army, said the action was taken following a credible tip-off. 

Yerima said the timely arrival of troops forestalled a deadly kidnap and plundering operations by armed bandits which, according to him, was underway.

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