Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has condemned the acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali, for saying that the outcome of the investigation of the assassination attempt on his life is contrary to his earlier claim.
Naija News had reported Alkali announced the arrest of the masterminds of the assassination attempt on the Governor at Tyo Mu community last March.
During a press conference on Thursday, the IGP added that “those who organized and those who pulled the trigger have all been arrested and investigation is ongoing.”
He also allegedly added that investigation so far showed that the outcome was contrary to the claims made by the Governor.
Reacting to the statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Governor Ortom berated the IGP for claiming that he lied about the attack.
Ortom, however, noted that the IGP might have been misquoted.
The statement reads “We heard the statement by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, regarding the investigation into the attack on Governor Samuel Ortom on March this year.
“It’s possible that the IGP was misquoted because he couldn’t have said what is being reported.
“This is because a team that the office of the IGP deployed to Benue to investigate that attack, told and confirmed to the Governor that indeed the identities of those who made an attempt on his life were armed Fulanis people.
“Again the armed security details who were with the Governor at the time confirmed that the people they saw that wanted to kill the Governor were armed Fulanis people.
“So we are shocked, the IGP must have been misquoted because his team told the Governor that the people who tried to kill him, indeed their identity were Fulani.
“He was quoted to have said that what they got was contrary to what the Governor said.”