Buhari to query IGP Idris over Benue

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2018

According to the Presidency, Mr Buhari's visit is to commiserate with the government and people of the state over the New Year's Day attack in the state. And I didn't know he moved here (Benue State) and didn't spend (time) and then move to Nasarawa.

President Buhari had visited Taraba State last week, and is also expected to visit Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers states where there have been reports of terror attacks and clashes.

The President also assured the people of Benue that he can not overlook the killings in Benue or any other part of Nigeria.

Beyond accusing the IGP of disobeying the President's order, Governor Samuel Ortom accused him of being biased in the implementation of law and order and called on him to resign. "I am genuinely anxious about the attacks in Benue and we are doing everything to end them", he said.

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.

Benue State has been at the centre of the Fulani Herdsmen crisis, recording more than 120 deaths in 2018 alone.

The Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse, who also spoke at the event urged President Buhari to re-consider the redesigning of the country's security architecture with the states and traditional rulers having a role to play.

Responding, representative of the chairman of the Presidential Committee on Flood and Rehabilitation, Mr John Owoicho, commended the state government for effectively managing disasters, as he disclosed that by the Committee's rating, Benue was leading in that direction.

The president said he preferred to quietly "read the riot act" as he did to the Inspector General of Police when the Benue attacks began.

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