Benue Killings: Buhari orders Nigeria police chief to move to Benue

Nigerian police force
Nigerian police force

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to move to Benue, to restore law and order, prevent further loss of lives and forestall the crisis there from escalating.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that herdsmen on New Year day had attacked and killed about 50 persons in Logo and Guma Local Government Areas of Benue.

A statement by the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said the order followed the recent unfortunate killings of innocent people in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state.

Mr. Moshood said that in compliance with the presidential order, the I-G is moving with additional five units of Police Mobile Force making a total of 10 units deployed to the state.

“More units of the Police Special Forces, Counter Terrorism Units, and conventional policemen are already being deployed to the State as at this time today to comply in totality with the Presidential order,” he said.

He said that other units of the force already deployed to the state would carry on un-relentlessly with the patrols and crime prevention activities in the affected areas to sustain the normalcy that has been restored.

The spokesman warned that the police would not hesitate to deal decisively with trouble makers, groups or individuals for conduct likely to instigate the escalation of the crisis.

“The full weight of the law will be applied on anyone arrested for being responsible for the mayhem in the affected areas in the State,” he said.

He implored the people to cooperate with the police in its effort to restore lasting peace in the state.

“The commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure Law and order and protection of lives and property of all Nigerians throughout the country remains unequivocal and unwavering,” he said.

(NAN)


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  • Freedom Bini

    Why Police and not Soldiers for Cattle dance? We are in trouble in Nigeria.

  • thusspokez

    President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to move to Benue, to restore law and order, prevent further loss of lives and forestall the crisis there from escalating.

    Ibrahim Idris score card reads: “unfit for purpose”. He is grossly incompetent and yet Buhari still keeps him.

    The president should not be micro-managing the IGP; and if he had to, then it means that the IGP is not up to his job; and therefore should be replaced.

  • femi

    After all of them have been moved out to neighboring state who are you kidding next we hear same will happen in neighboring state while IGP is in benue state

  • FreeNigeria

    Dysfunctional country, the cow head IGP has to be told to do his job, however, the killer squad are sponsored by the brain-dead President and his team. I weep for Nigeria.

  • sorbitol

    And who told the brain dead president that the herdsmen will still kill in benue anytime soon.

  • Justice and Fairness

    Orders IGP to move to Benue state while he orders the killers to relocate to another state. Shortsighted piece meal approach or pretence at solving the problem.

  • Isaac Azor

    To come and stop the ‘Communal Crises’ he saw in Benue! What a country!!