Killings: Police deploy additional units to Benue, Rivers

Fleeing Benue community members [Photo credit: Daily Post]

The police say they have deployed additional five units to Benue and Rivers States, days after dozens of people were killed in the two states.

At least 20 people died in two Benue communities when herdsmen raided the towns, while 17 people were shot dead in Rivers by gunmen on New Year’s eve.

A police statement on Saturday said the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has approved the deployment of five additional units to the affected areas.

They include mobile police special forces, police aerial surveillance helicopters and special police joint intelligence and investigation teams.

The statement signed by the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said the commissioners of police and police personnel in the affected states were placed on alert.

Mr. Moshood said the deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations was dispatched to Benue to coordinate and supervise the implementation of the new security strategies put in place by the force.

The spokesman said that conventional police personnel, Counter Terrorism Unit, Police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) teams were also deployed to Benue and Rivers to work with the personnel on the ground.

He said the deployments were to bring new energy to the efforts to end attacks in those states.

He said that eight suspected gunmen arrested at the scene of the killings in Benue were being prosecuted.

The other two suspects arrested at a different scenes of crime were being arraigned in court.

He said the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 4, Makurdi, and Zone 6, Calabar, were mandated by the IGP to convene meetings in the affected states.

Mr. Moshood said they were also to supervise police investigation and intelligence teams, and other police special squads deployed to the two states.

“The Force implores the people to be vigilant and security conscious. They should promptly report suspicious acts or persons to the nearest police detachment or station for prompt action to avert untoward incidents,” he said.



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  • ed

    President Buhari is behind the massacre of innocent children women and men in Benue state and other parts of Nigeria by Fulani terrorist herdsmen killers.
    The fact that the invisible Fulani’s terrorist herdsmen killers were killing with impunity is mind boggling.
    What kind of God is Buhari worshipping.
    Killing innocent children women and men when they were sleeping and calling that clashes?

  • Mentus

    How long are all these deployed staff going to be in Benue for? Of course the perpetrators are never going to strike again so soon in Benue anyway so this is a complete waste of time and resources.f What about other states where there is not such surveillance, they may decide to go and strike there.
    These reactive measures are useless. A permanent solution is needed, starting from dispossessing herdsmen of ammunitions, guns and knives, enforcing ranching in all the states at their own cost. After all other business owners buy their own plots and build. Why must these herdsmen livelihood take precedence over other people’s.
    The government lacks the will to stop these killings for reasons best known to them. I am sure if it was being perpetrated by another tribe Buhari would have ‘crushed’ them (To borrow his word) by now.

  • PolyGon2013

    Simple solution: Benue should form a vigilante group and kill all herdsmen in their area. Hunt for them. Those cows are too visible and do not fly. Attack them left and right, front and back, and drive them out.

  • Yego V

    June 2, 2013 ; It was Buhari who asked GEJ to “stop killing members of Boko haram, they are northern Muslims”. In the same tone, El-rufai, July 15 2012; wrote this following the killing of a Fulani herdsman: “We will write this for all to read. Anyone, soldier or not that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day, no matter how long it takes”
    I don’t get it when Nigerians expect Buhari and El-rufai to respond negatively towards their fellow Fulani tribesmen.

  • Solomon Brown

    Medicine after death is as useless as the physician who administers it. The attacks and reprisals we are noticing all over the country are just the early stages of an even greater uprising in the near future. Open grazing should be outlawed, since the proceeds from the sale of their cattle do not go to anyone , they shouldn’t be allowed to graze freely on public or private land.

  • Jon

    Benue people, stand up and fight back for you got nothing to lose. Ever since generations, they have been saying it will change but, it never seemed to change. So, stand up and fight back for you got nothing to lose.

  • Konkolo

    The Fulanis are the bane of Nigeria’s development. I have said it severally, they have been responsible for taking Nigeria backwards 100 years. Send them and their cows back to wherever they belong in the first place.

  • emmanuel


  • JasV

    Where are the men in this place? Where are the Tivs?

  • Chym

    I heard that the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, wept when he saw corpses of his citizens massacred by herdsmen. It might sound harsh, but can Ortom recall that only last month he smiled as he told Nigerians that President Buhari deserves a second term? My question to Ortom is this: If President Buhari gets a second term, would there be human beings left alive in Benue? It is a fact that herdsmen belong to the same wider ethnic nationality as President Muhammadu Buhari, although most killer herdsmen are not mainstream Fulani, but rather fringe Fulani of the Wodaabe (also known as the Mbororo or Bororo) subgroup of the Fula people. It is also a fact that President Muhammadu Buhari was the grand patron of the umbrella union of herdsmen in Nigeria known as Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria. From that vantage point, he had in the past angrily and malevolently confronted state governors in states were herdsmen had received the wrong end of the stick in their acts of marauding. As a matter of fact, on October 13, 2000, Muhammadu Buhari, in his capacity as the Grand Patron of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, demanded for and got a meeting with the then Governor of Oyo state, Lam Adesina, were he angrily said the words below to Governor Adesina: “Your Excellency, our visit here is to discuss with you and your government our displeasure about the incident of clashes between two peoples… the Fulani cattle rearers  and merchants are today being harassed , attacked and killed in Saki. That some arrests were made by Oyo State Police Command in the massacre with their immediate release without court trial. This  was said to have been  ordered by Oyo State authorities and they were so released to their amazement.  The release of the arrested suspects gave the clear impression that the authorities are  backing and protecting  them to continue the unjust and illegal killings of Fulani cattle rearers…” Muhammadu Buhari then ended his speech by demanding for an “immediate stoppage of the killings, justice and compensation  to the Fulanis.” After listening to Muhammadu Buhari, Lam Adesina asked the then Commissioner of Police for Oyo state to respond to his angry visitor and the Commissioner responded thus: “The killing of the natives by the Fulanis was duly reported to the police and, of course, we can’t make arrest because, as soon as they kill, they migrate to other areas. Who are you going to arrest? That is the problem”.  On  the killing of Fulanis,  which he said was as result of “piled up anger”,  the commissioner disclosed that  arrests had been made and the suspects  were in police custody.” When the Commissioner was done, Governor Adesina responded to Buhari thus: “I want to say also that we really have to appeal to our people, the itinerant Bororo people, that they should observe less aggression. It is not good , it is not right just coming from somewhere then you just pass through farm lands cultivated may be with the person’s life savings and then over night everything is gone. That is not right, even Allah does not approve of that. We even wonder when they talk about this people carrying dangerous weapons, I say do they really believe in Allah? When you just take life like that and go away! “Are we not forbidden not to take human life? So I think General Buhari, General Marwa, you have to be educating them. It is my pleasure to inform  you  that at the Presidential Lodge, we have made some arrangements for refreshments so that before you go we can refresh together”. That meeting of October 13, 2000, was recorded and the quotes above are from Agbaakin Kehinde Olaosebikan, then Chief Press Secretary to late Governor Lam Adesina of Oyo state. Now imagine the level of concern and care that President Muhammadu Buhari showed for his kinsmen in in October 2000, that he went to challenge a sitting Governor to a pissing contest when herdsmen were killed in reprisal killings. Why hasn’t Muhammadu Buhari shown that level of concern for Nigerians killed by herdsmen? Now that same man is our President and Commander-in-Chief, and herdsmen killings have exploded exponentially under his watch to the extent that the United States Congress declared Nigeria as the most dangerous place to be a Christian in the entire world bar none, principally because of the killings by herdsmen. Can it be a coincidence that herdsmen killings has multiplied just as soon as their immediate past Grand Patron became President? Where is the anger that Buhari displayed to Governor Lam Adesina now that Fulanis are killing Nigerians? How many people were killed in the Southeast before President Buhari ordered Operation Python Dance? Now ask yourself how many thousands have died at the hands of herdsmen in Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Taraba and Adamawa? The answer proves we are not all equal in Buhari’s Nigeria. That is why I laughed when Governor Ortom said “I have reiterated my call on the Federal Government to arrest the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore”. Why is Governor Ortom talking like a child? Can a Mafia godfather order the arrest of a mafioso to please a non mafia member? You are asking their Grand Patron to arrest the people who made him Grand Patron! Apparently, Governor Ortom does not know his friends from his enemies.

    Read more at: https://www(dot)vanguardngr(dot)com/2018/01/nigeria-once-a-nation-under-jonathan-now-an-abattoir-under-buhari-reno/