Benue killings: I'm Surprised IGP Idris Disobeyed My Directive


Police IG, Idris was the first caller this morning at the Presidential villa apparently to explain his flouting of the President's order to remain in Benue at the height of the incidence between farmers and herdsmen.

"We would like to restate our determination to ensure that the attacks and killings are brought to an end, and perpetrators to justice".

The police chief did not address media after the meeting.

The fact is that there is no sense of remorse by the government as the President himself spent only two hours in Benue State without visiting the victims or even making any direct policy statement on those behind the killings and how to forestall future bloodletting.

"Mr. President, I stand here today to talk on behalf of the women, children and the aged of Benue state".

He said that the insecurity in some states was a major concern to his government, adding that concerted efforts were being made to restore normalcy to every part of the country.

"The problem in Benue started worsening because the IGP refused to follow my instruction".

He said Buhari could review the current exercise CAT race (Ayem A'Kpatema) by the military in the state by upgrading it into a full military operation in order to give specific directive that could lead to tackling the herders-farmers clashes in the state. It's only now that I am knowing that.

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"The IG, as of yesterday (Monday) I knew was out of the country".

He urged Benue people to learn to live in peace with other people. "I still have at heart".

Ortom also lamented that as it is presently, no fewer than 170,000 persons have been displaced and are being housed by the state government as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in different camps as a result of the attacks.

On Tuesday, the inspector-general was at the presidential villa where he was reportedly queried over the Benue controversy.

Speaking yesterday, Adesina said the president had other channels of information but did not receive all information, saying "It just tells you that the president is not omniscient".

He disclosed that he even shared the IGP's security report on the Benue crisis with Senators George Akume and Barnabas Gemade from the state.

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