Special Police Taskforce arrives Benue to investigate attack on Gov. Ortom


A Special Investigation Task Force set up by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar Adamu in continuation of the ongoing investigation into the reported attack and attempted murder of the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom,  arrived in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba.

According to the statement, the team, led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP, Abba Kyari consists of operatives from the tactical investigation units of the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) and other experienced, crack detectives with specialized competencies in crime scene investigation and reconstruction, ballistics, fingerprint analysis and other core areas of forensics.

Frank Mba in the statement, said that the team is expected to take over and consolidate all ongoing investigation into the incident.

Adding that, “the team is also expected to investigate all angles of the reported attack with a view to ensuring that all persons empirically linked to the incident are apprehended and brought to book.”

The statement said that the IGP has charged the team to be professional, thorough and clinical in their investigations and the team is expected to liaise and work with the Benue State Police Command and other relevant members of the law enforcement community with a view to tracking down the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

Governor Ortom was reportedly attacked last Saturday around his farm at Tyo-Mu Community, about 20 kilometres from Makurdi, the state capital.

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According to Ortom, he was inspecting the farm when cattle herders dressed in black outfits ambushed him and his security personnel.

President Muhammadu Buhari who criticised the attack, called for an “open and transparent investigation” of the attack, sayingwhoever is linked to it should be caught and be made to face the law.”


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