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General News of Tuesday, 23 February 2021


If anything happens to me, Gov Bala Mohammed should be held responsible - Gov Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has indicated that his life may be in danger following a threat from the herdsmen.

He noted that should anything happen to him, the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed should be held responsible.

Governor Ortom made this known during a media briefing in Makurdi, Benue State capital, on Monday, 22, 2021.

His complaint comes shortly after Governor Mohammed accused him of inciting hate against the Fulani in Nigeria. Governor Mohammed also defended the herdsmen who have been seen carrying AK47 rifles.

Governor Ortom however, denied the allegations and accused Governor Mohammed of supporting illegal arms wielding foreign herdsmen.

“I want to think that, with what he said and what those herdsmen wrote to me and said that they were going to assassinate me, Bala Mohammed is also part of it, with what he has said.

And if anything happens to me, I don’t want anybody to be in doubt, Bala Mohammed should be held responsible. Especially his last week outing after the condemnable remarks he made about Fulani carrying AK-47 and living anywhere in Nigeria.

He came back to say Ortom is responsible for the hatred against Fulani men and I regard this as a way of vilifying me and profiling me towards assassination. He wants to instigate the Fulani people against me. I am not against Fulani people, they are in Benue State and they remain here,” Ortom said.

He, therefore, called on Governor Mohammed to render an apology to Nigerians for his comment which has since been condemned by many Nigerians

“I think the governor of Bauchi State, my brother, Governor Bala Mohammed should just come out and apologise to Nigerians,” Governor Ortom said.

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