Communal Clashes: IGP Idris begs Benue people

  • The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris apologised to the people of Benue State on Wednesday over his remark that the killings in the state by suspected herdsmen were a result of ‘communal clashes’.

Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris while addressing newsmen 
Idris was forced to recant at a stakeholders meeting in Makurdi, the state capital.
The explosive meeting  had Governor Samuel Ortom and the Tor Tiv, DIG operations, Habila Joshak, two commissioners of police for Benue and Nasarawa states in attendance, with Idris being literally forced by the participants to tender an open apology.
Governor Ortom, who addressed the meeting blamed the police and other security agencies for ignoring his desperate call for help, when he found that the herdsmen were planning to attack his people.
“I saw the attacks coming and we wrote several letters of complaint to the police and complained to the ''
Responding Inspector General of Police said the police had deployed 663 police operatives and created 10 mobile units to deal with the insecurity in the state.
Idris said the police would deploy helicopter surveillance to monitor the movement of such miscreants across the state and pledged to be diligent in discharging the presidential assignment.
He explained that the situation was not yet beyond the capacity of the police, stressing “there is no need for the army to be invited”.
Other speakers at the meeting include the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, called on the IGP to ensure the arrest of the aggressors.
They rejected the suggestion for the establishment of cattle colonies in the state and affirmed their support for the implementation of the anti open grazing law.

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