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Herdsmen kill three relatives of Benue Gov, Ortom



The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Nat Ikyur, has confirmed the killing of three relatives of the governor by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen in an attack on Saturday night.

According to Ikyur in a statement on Sunday, the victims, comprising two males and a female, were killed at about 9pm when the gunmen laid an ambush and blocked the Lordye- Gbajimba road in Guma Local Government Area of the state, the home town of the governor.

“The victims, who are all related to Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, were riding on a motorcycle when they were ambushed and shot dead and macheted by the killer herdsmen who have taken over parts of the local government bordering Nasarawa State. This happened on Saturday night around 9pm.

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“Security agencies, who recovered the bodies, said those who were shot died on the spot from gunshot wounds while the other was brutally macheted to death.

“This has been the plight of Benue indigenes in the hands of Fulani herdsmen who have invaded the state in a bid to take over our ancestral lands. And whenever we complain, the APC-led federal government will come out abusing and insulting us. But Nigerians are seeing and noting what we are going through,” Ikyur said.

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