By Marcel Samuel
President Muhamadu Buhari, yesterday ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to relocate to Benue State to prevent further attacks and forestall any recurrence of the current crisis rocking in Benue State from escalating. The President directives was sequel to the recent killings of innocent people in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas in Benue State by assailants suspected to be Fulani headsmen.
According to a statement signed by the Force spokesperson, CSP Jimoh Moshood, following the order, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has since moved into Benue State with additional five units of Police Mobile making a total of ten (10) Units of PMF deployed, 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 also prepared to be deployed to the State as at time of IGP departure to Benue in total compliance with the Presidential order.
“The Aerial Surveillance by Police Helicopters has continued to hover around the State, 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 deployed to Benue State will carry on un-relentlessly with the patrols and crime prevention activities in the affected areas to restore and sustain the normalcy that have been restored in the State.
The statement maintained that 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.
The Nigeria Police Force through the FPRO statement 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”, the statement read.