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IGP orders probe into suspected assassination attempt on Gov Ortom

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered full-scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding the attack and reported attempt on the life of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, March 21, in Abuja.

Ortom was reportedly attacked on Saturday in his farm at the outskirts of Makurdi, the state capital.

Mba said that the IGP condemned the incident and directed the Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Benue to strengthen and improve security in the state, particularly around Governor Ortom.

“Meanwhile, in order to ensure a speedy, thorough and conclusive investigation into the matter, the IGP has ordered the immediate deployment of a team of specialized investigators from the force criminal investigations department, Abuja, to Benue state to provide additional investigative support to the Benue state police command.”

He said that the I-G had also 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.

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According to him, to ensure a speedy, thorough and conclusive investigations into the matter, the I-G has ordered the immediate deployment of a team of specialised investigators from the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).

He said that the deployment was to provide additional investigative support to the Police Command in Benue.

Mba called for calm and pledged the commitment of the Force to continue to do its best in stabilising the security situation in the country.

He said that the force would continue to work with relevant stakeholders to advance the fight against violent crimes and other criminal activities across the country.

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