IGP special taskforce arrive Benue to probe attempt on Ortom

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muhammed Adamu has set up a Special Investigation Task Force to probe the assassination attempt on Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom by some gunmen.

The team, the police said, is led by Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), and it has arrived in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

A statement on Sunday in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, a Commissioner of Police (CP), said Kyari is expected to take over and consolidate all the investigations into the incident.

The deployment, according to the IGP, is to provide additional investigative support to the Benue State Police Command, following the attack on the governor by some 15 people he identified as herders on his farm at Tyo-mu on the Makurdi-Gboko road.

The statement reads: “A Special Investigation Task Force set up by IGP M. A. Adamu, in continuation of ongoing investigation into to the reported attack and attempted murder of Governor Ortom, has arrived Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

“The team, led by DCP Abba Kyari – a no-nonsense investigator – consists of operatives from the Tactical Investigation Units of the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) and other experienced, crack detectives with specialised competencies in crime scene investigation and reconstruction, ballistics, fingerprint analysis and other core areas of forensics.

“The team is expected to take over and consolidate all ongoing 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.”

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