President Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to immediately relocate to Benue State to forestall further loss of lives and restore law and order.
This was disclsoed in a statement Monday night by the force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood.
In compliance with the directive, Moshood said that the IG would be moving to Benue state with five units of riot policemen, making a total of 10 units deployed in the state, in addition to other police contingents and special forces on the ground.
“More units of Police Special Forces, Counter-Terrorism Units, and conventional policemen are already being deployed to the state in compliance with the Presidential order,” the statement said.
The order came as more killings of people by Fulani herdsmen in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas in Benue State were reported.
”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 statement added.