Defence HQ keeps mum over threats by FUNAM to attack Ortom, others who kick against RUGA

March 23, 2021

1.4 min readCategories: News

The Nigerian Police, Department of State Services and the Defence Headquarters, have kept mum over the threats issued by the Fulani Nationality Movement (FUNAM) to kill Governor Samuel Ortorm of Benue State and attack individuals and state governments that were against open grazing of cattle in the country.

Starnews Nigeria reports that FUNAM on Sunday night said it attacked the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who escaped assassination in his farm at Tyo-Mu community near Makurdi, the state capital, on Saturday.

The Fulani group, in its statement, said, “We have our operatives in all southern states. Each will face our sword. We warn collaborators working against the Fulani across Nigeria: We shall get you irrespective of your hiding place.

“We state clearly, any state or individual that opposes RUGA will be confronted. Any state or individual that opposes ranching, we shall get you. Speak against ranching and RUGA even on the Internet: Our noiseless fighters shall find and fix you.”

The police, Defence Headquarters and the DSS failed to respond to inquiries on the threats made by the group when contacted by The PUNCH on Monday.

Several calls to the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, went unanswered. He had yet to respond to a text message as of the time of filing this report at 9 pm on Monday.

Also, the DSS spokesman, Dr Peter Afunanya, did not respond to calls and SMS as of 9:06 pm on Monday.

The Defence Headquarters did not respond to questions on what the armed forces were doing to prevent the alleged plot by FUNAM.

The Punch Newspaper learnt that many calls to the DHQ spokesman, Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko rang out. He had yet to reply to an SMS sent to him at 9.09 pm.

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