IGP orders investigation into attack on Ortom, strengthens security around gov

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has ordered full-scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding the attack and attempt on the life of the governor of Benue state, Dr Samuel Ortom, at his farm in the outskirts of Makurdi, the  Benue state capital, on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

A press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CP Frank Mba, Sunday in Abuja, said: “The IGP who condemned the incident, has equally directed the Commissioner of Police in charge of Benue State Command to take adequate measures towards strengthening and improving security in the state, particularly around the governor.”

The spokesperson said, “The IGP has also specifically directed the CP to carry out painstaking investigations into the incident and ensure the arrest and prosecution of persons indicted in the course of the investigations.” 

Meanwhile, in order to ensure speedy, thorough and conclusive investigations into the matter, the IGP has ordered the immediate deployment of a team of specialised investigators from the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID), Abuja to Benue state to provide additional investigative support to the Benue state Police Command.

He said, “While calling for calm, the IGP has assured the people of Benue State and the country at large that the Force will continue to do its best in stabilising the security situation in the country.

“The IGP further reiterates that the Force will continue to work with relevant stakeholders to advance the fight against violent crimes and other criminal activities across the country.”