He narrated his experience during a press briefing at the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi, the state capital, shortly after the attack, Ortom said he was inspecting the farm when the herders, who were dressed in black outfits, ambushed him and his security personnel.
“You know today is Saturday and normally as a farmer, I usually go to my farm, so I went to my farm along Gboko road. And on our way back, we started hearing some gunshots and we discovered people who were dressed in black, and from experience, we now discovered that these are Fulani militias and I do not want to take things for granted because few days ago, the media were awash with statement from MACBAN who met in Yola, the same place they met in 2016 where they decided that they will take Nigeria and that every other person is a slave; that was when they started infiltrating the entire country.”
He also said his lawyer will write a petition against the leadership of MACBAN.
“They came out to target me and behind the scene they are planning to eliminate me on my own land. If I can’t go to the farm as governor, with the entire security around me, then who else can go to farm? You can imagine the pains that we have here in Benue State.
“I appreciate the security personnel attached to me; they were able to repel them and they could not have access to me,” Ortom stated.
This is not the first of attacks on the governor that he will experience.
Earlier this year, in January precisely, suspected herdsmen attacked the governor while at his farm
“I went my farm last week and the herdsmen who were coming back to Benue state in their numbers shot at me, ” Ortom had said.
He said it was men of Operation Whirl stroke, an outfit set up by the defence headquarters, who rescued him.
The governor, who has been a vocal critic of open grazing of cattle, recently impounded over 200 cows for violating the anti-grazing law the state passed in 2018.