Photos From Pres. Buhari’s Sympathy Visit To Benue State As He Expresses Shock at Police IG’s Disobedience
Today, March 12, President Buhari paid a long awaited sympathy visit to Benue State over the recent Herdsmen killings in the state.
The president who was received by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Senator George Akume and Rt Gen. Lawrence Onoja 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.
According to Premiumtimes, he also said his government was deeply worried about the incessant attacks on Benue’s rural communities and vowed to end the menace “very soon”.
In the wake of public outcry that greeted the murder of over 70 persons by suspected herdsmen, Pres. Buhari had 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; attracting more condemnation from Nigerians even as the presidency failed to reprimand him.
I am getting to know this in this meeting. I am quite surprised.
He, however, said that the meeting was not the best place to expose the inefficiency of his appointees, and appealed to Benue people to exercise restraint and live in peace with their neighbours.
Buhari, who met with farmers, herdsmen, government officials and other stakeholders in Makurdi on denied insinuations that he was not interested in what was happening to Benue 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.
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