MARKUDI/Nigeria: The Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom has raised alarm of his safety, as he had claimed there are plans underway to assassinate him along the Lafia-Makurdi Road by unknown political opponents.
The source claimed that some political opponents working for top politicians have allegedly connived with top government officials to assassinate the governor along the ever-busy Makurdi-Lafia Road.
He said the plan was to frustrate the Governor from using any chartered flight to Abuja for political and other important meetings and consequently expose him to attack along the Makurdi-Lafia Road.
According to him, ‘’we have important security information that Governor Ortom is one of their targets for possible assassination. Some politicians working with top people in government are working together to ensure the Governor’s effort to secure the State is frustrated.
‘’Their plan is to attack him along Makurdi-Lafia Road. People have taken politics to a different height. We believe the world is watching and listening to our cry in Benue State.”
Confirming the development, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Terve Akase said that the Governor was aware of the plan to assassinate him. He said the plan was already being carried out as there is a fresh order said to be banning all flights to Makurdi.
He said, ‘’Usually, because of the Governor’s regular meetings and other important things, he uses flight to Abuja, but now, there is an order banning all flights to Makurdi. This is a clear setup. We are also aware of the plan to assassinate him along the Makurdi-Lafia Road. This is a sad development as we believe some people are just carrying out a written script on how to silence Governor Ortom.’’