Killing Galore: Buhari Meets IGP


The spate of killings that engulfed the country in the past few days, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris at the Aso Rock, Abuja. The meeting was to discuss the security situation in the country.

Killings were recorded in Benue, Rivers and Kaduna states. The Police boss addressed State House correspondents after the one-hour meeting with the president. He said he has directed the has directed a Deputy Inspector General, DIG, the Assistant Inspector General of Police AIG, in-charge of Zone Four, Makurdi and the Benue State Commissioner of Police Police to get to the root of the crisis. He also said he will deploy more units to support the efforts policemen are making in the state to ensure adequate protection for the people.

“Let’s use the example of Benue, you know most of these states where you have several languages, you know is an issue of communal misunderstanding.

“I think what we should be praying for is for Nigerians to learn to live in peace with one another. I think is very important,” he added.

On the Benue crisis, the IGP said is communal. “Obviously, it is a communal crisis. Herdsmen are part of the community. They are Nigerians and are part of the community. Are they not?”

On whether the arrest of an online publisher by SARS was on his orders because he published something against you, he said, “Anyway I don’t need to send anybody but whenever you commit an offence it is our duty to ensure that we respond.”


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