Ortom condemns attacks on Agatu communities


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Governor Samuel Ortom has condemned today’s early morning attack on Ebete community in Agatu Local Government Area by suspected herdsmen which left seventeen persons dead.

The Governor who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase, described the attack as unfortunate and capable of disorganising residents so that they do not participate in the forthcoming elections.

He stated that the attack had further given credence to allegations that some selfish politicians were mobilising herders to destabilise Benue State for political gains, saying such was regrettable.

“Governor Samuel Ortom today met with the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Omololu Bishi, who confirmed that there was an early morning attack on Ebete community of Agatu Local Government Area of the state. Seventeen persons were gruesomely murdered during the unprovoked attack.

“The Governor had raised alarm about grand plans by some politicians to cause crisis and go ahead to make some pronouncements especially as it concerns election in the state. If that is really the aim of the attack, then it is unfortunate and unthinkable,” Mr. Akase stated.

It would be recalled that suspected herdsmen at about 4am Wednesday killed seventeen persons and injured twelve others at Ebete in Agatu local government area of Benue State.

Some of the victims who survived the incidence said the attackers crossed from Nasarawa State into the Agatu side of Benue State.

The victims further said the attack was an unprovoked one.

Meanwhile, the commissioner of police Benue police command, Mr. Omololu Bishi declined comments on the matter when newsmen went to his office.