A special investigation task force put together by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, arrived in Makurdi, Benue State capital, on Sunday.
As reported by the spokesperson of the police in person of Frank Mba, this act is in line with the current investigation into the reported attempted murder of Governor Samuel Ortom.
He said the team consisting of operatives from the Tactical Investigation Units of the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) is led by Abba Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police.
Others on the team are “experienced, crack detectives with specialized 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 on-going 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.
“Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police has charged the team to be professional, thorough and clinical in their investigations. They are expected to liaise and work with the Benue State Police Command and other relevant members of the law enforcement community to ensure that they deliver on their mandate,” Mr Mba said.
It was reported that Mr Ortom was attacked last Saturday around his farm at Tyo-Mu Community, about 20 kilometres from Makurdi, the state capital.
According to him, it was during an inspection of the farm when himself and his security personnel were ambushed by cattle herders dressed in black outfits.
President Muhammadu Buhari spoke against the attack and called for an “open and transparent investigation” of the attack, saying “whoever is linked to it should be caught and be made to face the law.”