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BENUE: We won’t allow evil to triumph over good, NGF reacts to Ortom attack

THE Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has condemned the attack on Governor Samuel Ortom by gunmen, suspected to be herdsmen, yesterday.

The forum described the attack on the Benue State Governor as ” shocking and a rude awakening.”

This was contained in a statement issued by the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi.

In a statement, Kayode Fayemi, NGF chairman, described the broad daylight attack on Ortom as “shocking and a rude awakening”.

According to the statement the governors empathized with the entire people of Benue State adding that they would do everything with their powers to bring an end to such violence.

“All hands must be on deck to uncover the identities of those involved in this heinous crime,” the statement reads.

The statement reads, “The NGF wishes to state categorically that the attempt to make Benue State ungovernable is unacceptable and will fail woefully.

“Only recently the brother of one of the former governors of the state was mowed down in cold blood. This dishonourable and shameful act of resorting to violence, for whatever reason, to eliminate citizens of Benue State by brutal means must not continue.”

NGF said it will continue to encourage its members to stand firm in the service of their people regardless of the evil machinations of those who do not wish Nigeria well.

It noted that “evil will not be allowed to triumph over good, not in Benue and not anywhere in this country”.

“While all governors will continue to pray for Governor Ortom, the NGF wishes to draw the attention of all evil doers that not only will they continue to fail in their wicked acts, but they will also definitely be traced and punished for their crimes, no matter how long it takes,” it reads.

“Once again, the NGF prays for Governor Ortom and wishes him long life as his safety and that of all the people of Benue State continue to be paramount to the NGF.”

The statement came almost 24hrs after gun-wielding men identified as “herders” by Ortom attacked the governor’s convoy while on a visit to a farm at Tyo Mu along Makurdi-Gboko road.

According to Ortom the armed men, numbering about 15, trailed his convoy to the river bank where he was on foot with his security details and opened fire on them.

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