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Buhari Meets With IGP Over Benue Killings, Other Attacks

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, amid rising tensions following the recent killings in Benue State and other parts of the country.

The President held the discussion with the police boss on Friday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, Mr Idris maintained that the Nigeria Police is working hard to address the issues.He also attributed the crises to communal misunderstanding in the affected communities and called on Nigerians to learn to live in peace with one another.

In spite of the recent attacks in Benue, Rivers, and Kaduna states, the police boss maintained that the country is secured.

He said: “Obviously I think Nigeria is well secured if you have to be frank with us. Like I said, you know we have various levels of police in this country.”

“I have the Commissioner of Police in Benue, I have the AIG in Benue, and yesterday I deployed my DIG operations there.

“Definitely, from the police angle, I think we are doing all we can to ensure that we maintain law and order in all parts of this country,” he added.

There have been series of killings in parts of the country with Benue being the state that witnessed worst attacks which left at least 33 persons dead.

The attacks had sparked apprehensions in the affected communities with residents seeking refuge in neighbouring communities.

President Muhammadu Buhari had also directed relevant agencies to do everything possible to arrest those behind the “regrettable” attacks.

The President, who was immensely sad at the “wicked and callous” attacks on even innocent children, condoled with Governor Samuel Ortom and the people over the killings and wanton destruction of property.


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