The House of Representatives has urged the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services to track a group, Fulani Nationality Movement that claimed responsibility for the attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.
Recall that some gunmen opened fire on Ortom’s convoy when he was heading to his farm in Maiduguri but his security aides were able to repel the gunmen.
However, lawmakers from Benue State moved a motion during plenary on Tuesday to demand a full-scale investigation of the incident.
Part of the adopted motion read, “The House call on the Department of State Services and Nigeria Police to investigate claims of responsibility on the attack of Governor Samuel Ortom, as well as other threats and statements allegedly attributed to one Umar Amir Shehu and the Fulani National Movement (FUNAM).”
Messrs Kpam Jimin Sokpo, Benjamin Mzondu, Mark Gbillah, John Dyegh, Tyough Robert, Herman Hembe, Samson Okwu, Francis Agbo, Richard Gbande, Blessing Onuh and Godday Samuel sponsored the motion in the House.
Meanwhile, Ortom has urged Nigerians to stop politicizing his near-death encounter with gunmen in Maiduguri.
He said the attack was beyond partisan politics as he was not the first governor to be targeted in Nigeria.
He spoke about the attack after the State Security Council meeting at the New Banquet Hall of the Government House, Makurdi, on Monday.
Ortom urged all governors to collaborate in the fight against insecurity, adding that another governor might be the next target.