President Muhammadu Buhari, during his Monday condolence visit to Benue, expressed shock that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, disobeyed his directive to relocate to the state after the herdsmen attack that left over 70 people dead in Guma and Loco local government areas.
Buhari said this while addressing some farmers, herdsmen, government officials and other stakeholders in Makurdi the state capital.
“I am getting to know this in this meeting. I am quite surprised,” Buhari said when he was told by the Benue people that IGP Idris barely spent 24 hours in Benue after he ordered him to relocate to the state.
The president also said it is untrue that his administration cared less about the nonstop herdsmen killings in the state.
“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,” Buhari said.
He assured the people of Benue that his government remained determined to ensure that the security challenges in the country are resolved.
Meanwhile, former governor and the Senator representing Benue North Senatorial District, George Akume, told President Buhari during his visit that the Tiv people were disappointed at the president’s handling of the herdsmen killings.
“Your Excellency, you could recall that Senator David Mark was Senate President while Gabriel Suswam was the chief security officer of the state, yet the Tiv people voted for you in 2015,” Akume said, adding that “We have no federal project in Benue State, Ortom does not make law, Benue People made the law, JS Tarka fought for the unity of our country Nigeria, Mr President the Tiv people are not happy about your reaction towards the killing of Tiv farmers by Fulani herdsman.”