Buhari Orders IGP Idris To Relocate To Benue State Over Killings Herdsmen
President Muhammadu Buhari in a new memo has ordered the Inspectoral General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris mni to relocate temporarily to Benue State over the tension caused by the gruesome murder of persons by unknown Fulani herdsmen.
BlackBox Nigeria gathered that the order was contained in a presidential directive sent on late Monday night to the Police boss and was made public by the Police Spokesperson, Chief Superintendent of Police, Jimoh Moshood.
The presidential order is coming days after Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed to the general public that he had informed the Federal Government about the invasion of Fulani herdsmen which left many people dead. He also alleged that the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore were behind the brutal killings of people in his State.
Mr Moshood disclosed that the order, which was with immediate effect will have IGP Idris moving to Benue State with new 5 Units of Police Mobile Force (PMF), which is in addition to the earlier 5 sent to the State to prevent further loss of lives and forestall the crisis.
He also added that more Units of Police Special Forces, such as Counter Terrorism Units have also being deployed to the State as at the time the order was received. He said the Force will fully comply in totality with the Presidential Order.
See below for the full statement…
The full statement read thus:
”In compliance with the Presidential directives, the IGP is moving into Benue state with additional Five (5) Units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) making a total of Ten (10) Units of PMF deployed in the State which is in addition to other Police formations on the ground in the State before the crisis.
“More Units of the Police Special Forces, Counter Terrorism Units, and Conventional Policemen are already being deployed to the State as at this time today to comply in totality with the Presidential order. The Aerial Surveillance by Police Helicopters will continue, while the Police Mobile Force Personnel, Police Special Forces and conventional Police Personnel, the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) and Special Police Joint Intelligence and Investigation Teams already deployed to Benue State will carry on un-relentlessly with the patrols and crime prevention activities in the affected areas to sustain the normalcy that have been restored in the State.
“The Force will not hesitate to deal decisively with trouble maker(s), any group(s) or individual for conduct likely to instigate the escalation of the crisis. The full weight of the law will be applied on anyone arrested for being responsible for the mayhem in the affected areas in the State.
“While once again, the Nigeria Police Force commiserate with Government and the people of Benue State over the loss of innocent lives, the Force implored them to cooperate with the Nigeria Police Force in this latest effort to restore lasting peace in the state.
“The commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure Law and order and protection of lives and property of all Nigerians throughout the Country remains unequivocal and unwavering.”