A group identified as Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM, has said it is responsible for the attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Njenje Media News reports.
FUNAM said if not for a slight communication error, Ortom would have been dead by Saturday.
According to a statement by one Umar Amir Shehu, fronting for FUNAM, Ortom stood against open grazing and Fulani’s interest in the country.
The statement reads:
“Why we attacked Ortom” reads: “Our attention has been drawn to media reports today speculating about who attacked the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.
“Yes. Yes, We did. The Fulani Nationality Movement, (FUNAM) carried out the attack. We have genuine reasons. We acted on behalf of Millions of Fulani people in 15 countries.
“It’s a case of vengeance against an infidel who has used his time and money, deployed in destroying the Fulani values and inheritance.
“Our courageous fighters carried out this historic attack to send a great message to Ortum and his collaborators: Where ever you are, once you are against Fulani’s long-term interest, we shall get you down. This is a clear warning. We hope those who take us for granted will get the indisputable message.
“Our intention is unequivocal: TO KILL HIM. That mission will one day be fulfilled and very soon too.”
“Eleven of FUNAM operatives were involved in the attack. Ortom escaped today because of a slight technical communication error. Next time, he will not be lucky. We can assure him and his supporters.”