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Day I arrested heavily-armed herdsmen with bare hands

Written By Idoma Television on Sunday, April 8, 2018 | 4:22:00 AM

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has revealed how he miraculously disarmed and arrested seven herdsmen who wanted to kill him without using arms. 

Ortom was reacting to the recent advice by elder statesman and former Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Danjuma, who had called for self-defense against killer herdsmen.

The governor said Danjuma was misquoted because he was not referring to physical weapons.

According to him, “I am not sure that if you listened to him very well. It is a misrepresentation of what the former minister said. He did not tell anybody to take up arms. He only said that people should defend themselves. Of course, you know that self-preservation is the first law of nature. You can’t just wait in your house and allow someone to come and kill you.

On his encounter with heavily armed gunmen, Ortom recalled thus, “Oh, it was divine which I cannot even comprehend. They came, snatched my driver with my car and left with him.

“So I said ‘if I serve God, I will go after them and disarm them’ and I left. I was able to arrest the ring leader who brought his colleagues in his car and, once I was able to disarm him, I took him to the police station.

“They could not leave town until security men were alerted and they went after him, three of them fled into the bush but the ring leader couldn’t flee and my car was recovered and my driver was also recovered. This happened in 2009 in Makurdi.”

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