. As Ortom’s Car receives gun shots
Violence has continued to rear its head in the governorship campaigns in Benue State even as the billboards of aspirants and the campaign headquarters of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ), governorship aspirant, Chief Samuel Ortom was attacked including the Senate Minority leader’s Hotel, HAF Haven, where a couple of supporters were injured.
Only this morning gunmen shot and damaged three vehicles on the convoy of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom.
The attack which happened at the funeral of a lecturer late Dr Samson Sambe, in Adikpo, Kwande local government, which they also disrupted.
Chief Dr Ortom was delivering funeral oration when sporadic gunshots were heard and sympathizers started to scamper for safety.
Elder brother of the deceased and Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr Asen Sambe, had to appeal for calm as the funeral was hurriedly concluded.
In spite of the shots which intensified Chief Dr Ortom concluded his speech before he was informed that three of his vehicles parked near the Magistrate Court close to Adikpo Comprehensive College, ACC, Adikpo had been targets of some of the shots.
The glass on the owner’s side of a branded Ford Hillux van was shattered and the bullet exited through the roof even as another branded pick up was hit at the tail board and the bullet went through, came out of by the left side and brushed a journalist’s car parked close by.
Another bullet flattened the right front tyre of the third vehicle.
The gunmen, who according to eyewitnesses were three in a red Toyota Corolla popularly called ‘dognyash’ sped off through the street that passes by the side of ACC.
While inspecting the vehicles an informant told Chief Dr Ortom that the gunmen belonged to a group headed by a prominent Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, thug in Adikpo town.
The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment, proceeded to the Adikpo police station where he lodged a formal complaint to the Divisional Police Officer.
The DPO, Mr John Bako, a deputy superintendent of Police, assured that investigation into the shooting would commence immediately.