Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has raised an alarm over an alleged plan by herdsmen to kidnap and kill him.
The governor made the startling disclosure Friday during an interactive session with traditional rulers and other stakeholders at an event in Makurdi organised by the Catholic Diocese on the peaceful conduct of the general elections in 2019.
Ortom, who recently defected from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party, said he had it on good authority that there were plans to attack his convoy on his way to Abuja and kill his security personnel, after which he would be abducted and tortured to death.
The embattled governor said the plan to kill him is because he dared to speak out over the invasion of communities and the unending killings in the state by armed Fulani herdsmen.
He said that as a result of the information, he had to take chartered flights to Abuja in some cases, although the flights were reportedly stopped from landing at the Makurdi Airport in some cases.
According to him, if the security agencies arrested and prosecuted those behind the attacks since the beginning of the year, the insecurity in the state would have been a thing of the past.
“If those that perpetuate violence like armed herdsmen are arrested, prosecuted, jailed, or appropriate sanctions applied on them, it will serve as deterrence for those contemplating violence in the future,” he said.
He then called on Nigerians to “use the 2019 elections to demand an end to the herdsmen’s aggravated violence.”