The Nigeria Police on Sunday, disclosed that it has deployed a special investigation task force to Benue State in continuation of investigations on the murder attempt on the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.
The team is led by DCP Abba Kyari and consists of operatives from the Tactical Investigation Units of the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) and other experienced, crack detectives with specialized competencies in crime scene investigation and reconstruction, ballistics, fingerprint analysis, and other core areas of forensics.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba in a statement to the effect disclosed that the Inspector-General, Mohammed Adamu charged the team to be professional and thorough.
The statement noted further that Kyari and other team members have arrived Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
Mba noted that; “The Team is expected to take over and consolidate all on-going investigation into the incident. The Team is also expected to investigate all angles of the reported attack with a view to ensuring that all persons empirically linked to the incident are apprehended and brought to book.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police has charged the team to be professional, thorough and clinical in their investigations. They are expected to liaise and work with the Benue State Police Command and other relevant members of the law enforcement community to ensure that they deliver on their mandate.
It will be recalled Governor Ortom was attacked last week on the way to his farm by some gunmen he described as Fulani herders.
In a related development, the Police have confirmed the arrest of a man, Cletus Nwachukwu Egole aka Alewa understood to be a pastor with the Holy Blessed Trinity Sabbath Church, Orlu, Imo State.
He was arrested for working as a spiritual cover provider for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Egole’s house was used by the gang members to plan their different operations and he also provided a farmland that belongs to his late brother for the groups to use as a hideout and training camp.
The Police have blamed the two organizations for some recent attacks on security operatives and security formations across the south-east.