– Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has alleged a threat to his life
– Ortom said that some herdsmen have vowed to kill him
– The governor, however, said that Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state should be held responsible if anything him
The crisis between the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom and his counterpart from Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed, has taken another twist as the former said the latter is after his life.
In an interview with Channels TV, Ortom said that some herdsmen have threatened to assassinate him after Mohammed’s statement that Fulani herdsmen have the right to carry AK-47.
He said he believes that Governor Mohammed was the one who gave the herdsmen the power to issue a death threat on him.
“I think my brother, the governor of Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed, should just come out and apologise to Nigerians. It will be consoling because we all made mistakes, and if he apologises, it will be appreciated. But to continue to argue is inflicting pains, especially on some of us that have been victims of these Fulani herdsmen.
“We are thinking that it is part of the conspiracy to wipe away some people including Benue state. And this is not correct. And I want to think that with what he is saying, and what those herdsmen wrote to me that they want to assassinate me, Bala Mohammed is also part of it with what he has said.
“And if anything happens to me, I don’t want anybody to be in doubt, Bala Mohammed should be held responsible, especially over his condemnable remarks he made that Fulani herdsmen should be carrying AK-47.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Ortom reacted to statements by Governor Mohammed that supported the possession of illegal arms by some herdsmen in the country.
It was reported that while speaking with journalists on Monday, February 22, Ortom said his Bauchi counterpart must be very ignorant of the oath of office which governors take to protect citizens and the nation’s constitution.
The governor said he would have chosen to overlook remarks from Mohammed but since silence means consent, it is best to set the record straight.
Ortom claimed that the Bauchi governor has continued to vilify, intimidate and blackmail him.
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