Herdsmen Crisis: Buhari Queries IGP Idris, Demand Probe Into Police Operations In Affected States
The presidency on Tuesday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to explain his flouting of the presidential order to relocate to Benue State following the January 1 killings in the state, that claimed about 73 lives.
President Buhari received Idris in a private audience, Tuesday morning at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The President has also asked for a comprehensive report on Police Operations in the affected States, after which further decisions will be made.
Nigeria News had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari an official visit to Benue on Monday, admitted that he was unaware that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, flouted his directive to relocate to Benue State.
“But I did not know that the IG did not stay in the state. I am getting to know this at this meeting. I am quite surprised,” the President admitted when he was told that Idris did not spend 24 hours in the state, during a stakeholder meeting held at the Government House in Makurdi.
Representatives of concerned groups in the state, which included Miyetti Allah, representatives of farmers in Benue State, Benue State Livestock guard, Benue Joint Sociocultural Group Mzough U-Tiv, among others were in attendance.
During the meeting, Buhari assured the people of his commitment to speedily bring an end to the spate of extrajudicial killings across the country.
Recall that President Buhari on Jan. 9 ordered the Inspector-General to move to Benue State to check the reported cases of attacks on innocent citizens.