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Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom on Saturday escaped being killed by the gun-wielding Fulani herdsmen, save for his security details that engaged the assailants.

The herders opened fire on the governor’s entourage at Tyo Mu along Makurdi-Gboko Road.

Reports reaching CAPITAL POST said, herders in their numbers opened fire, but were repeled by the vigilant security details of the governor.

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Speaking with newsmen on the attack, Governor Ortom said about 15 assailants trailed him to the river bank where he was on foot to inspect a farm.

The governor praised his six security details for responding quickly to the attack, repelling the assailants and providing cover for him to return to safety in his vehicles.

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He said troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, the police and DSS have mobilised to the forest between Tyo-Mu and Abinse where the armed herdsmen camped to comb the area.

He also called for the arrest and prosecution of the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.

The group at a meeting in Yola reportedly called for Ortom’s assassination.

Ortom asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the security chiefs to expect a formal petition from his lawyers and move quickly to arrest the situation.

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CAPITAL POST earlier reported how the Fulani socio-cultural group threatened attack on the governor at a meeting in Yola.

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