President Muhammadu Buhari on a recent visit to Benue State, said he was ‘surprised’ that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, disobeyed his directives to stay in Benue until the bloodletting between farmers and herdsmen was resolved.
Mr. Buhari also said his government is worried about the incessant attacks on Benue’s rural communities and vowed to end the menace “very soon”. “I cannot overlook the killings in Benue or any other part of Nigeria. I cannot do that. I am genuinely worried about the attacks in Benue and we are doing everything to end them,” he said.
The president had in the wake of public outcry that greeted the murder of over 70 persons by suspected herdsmen on January 1, instructed the IGP to relocate to the state until the carnage was contained.
The police boss had reportedly spent less than 24 hours in the state before leaving. That action sparked from Nigerians even as the presidency failed to reprimand him.
Mr. Buhari said he was surprised that the IGP did not spend 24 hours in Benue when he directed him to relocate to the state and remain there till peace was restored.
“I am getting to know this in this meeting. I am quite surprised,” he said.
He, however, said the meeting was not the best place to expose the inefficiency of his appointees. He appealed to Benue people to exercise restraint and live in peace with their neighbours.
Why the president did not know until now, over 2 months later, that IGP Idris disobeyed his order remains unclear. Many news publications had publish reports detailing how the police boss failed to relocate to Benue as directed by Mr. Buhari.
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