The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Sunday, ordered security agencies to carry out what he called an “open and transparent” investigation into the Saturday attack on the Benue State, Samuel Ortom.
The directive was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled “President Buhari condemns attack on Governor Samuel Ortom, orders thorough, transparent investigation.”
Shehu quoted the President as directing that all those linked to the attack should be made to face the law.
“Let there be open and transparent investigation and whoever is linked to it should be caught and be made to face the law,” the President reportedly directed.
Buhari was also reported to have said that the string of brutal attacks on individuals and communities in the state, with the latest one targeting the governor, was unacceptable.
The statement read, “The President welcomes the dispatch of a high-level team of crack investigators to the state from the police headquarters in Abuja, urging the officers to uncover who, or whatsoever, was behind the attacks and bring them to justice.
“In expressing his sympathies, and that of the government of the federation to Governor Ortom and all Benue indigenes, President Buhari said the unfortunate incident must not be politicised, reiterating that an attack on one Nigerian is an attack on all Nigerians.
“The President directed the police to undertake a thorough investigation into the incident involving the governor and into all such incidents affecting individuals and communities in the state.”