A shadowy group, the Fulani Nationality Movement said it carried out the attack on Ortom.
It said 11 of its members were involved in the assassination attempt on Ortom, noting that a technical error aided the governor’s escape, adding that he would not escape next time
In a statement on Sunday, titled, “Why we attacked Ortom: The FUNAM statement,’ signed by one Umar Shehu,’ the group threatened to deal with individuals or states that opposed open grazing in the country.
It stated, “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, 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.”