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Ortom’s Attack: Lawmakers urge police, DSS to prosecute Fulani movement


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Lawmakers on Tuesday charged the Nigerian Police and the Department of State Services to go after Fulani National Movement after it claimed responsibility for the attempted assassination of Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom.

Recall that FUNAM, in a statement signed by one Umar Shehu, had claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Yes; yes, we did. The Fulani Nationality Movement carried out the attack. We have genuine reasons. We acted on behalf of millions of Fulani people in 15 countries.

“Our courageous fighters carried out this historic attack to send a great message to Ortom and his collaborators:
Where ever you are, once you are against Fulani long-term interest, we shall get you down. This is a clear warning. We hope those who take us for granted will get the indisputable message,” the shadowy group had said.

During a plenary sitting on Tuesday, the House of Representative charged the security operatives with the task after a group known as the Fulani Nationality Movement has claimed responsibility for the recent attack on Ortom.

The PUNCH reports that the motion which was raised by Benue lawmakers was unanimously adopted.

This prompted the House, after condemning the attack, to “call on the Department of State Services and Nigeria Police to investigate claims of responsibility on the attack of Governor Samuel Ortom, as well as other threats and statements allegedly attributed to one Umar Amir Shehu and the Fulani National Movement (FUNAM).”

The motion partly read, “The House takes cognisance of the response by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, in condemning the armed attack and assassination attempt on Governor Samuel Ortom, and his subsequent directive for the Police to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the attack.

“The House acknowledges the directives of the Inspector General of Police (Mohammed Adamu) and immediate deployment of FCID to Benue State for a thorough investigation of the incident.

“The House is even more worried that the assassination attempt on Ortom of Benue State is an invitation to anarchy and glaring indication that the nation is drifting into a state of full-scale lawlessness.”