The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday apologized to people of Benue State for referring to the recent Fulani herdsmen attack that claimed many lives as communal clash.
Mr. Idris tendered the apology while addressing a town hall meeting at the new banquet hall of the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital.
He said he was apologizing for the misconception of the statement, adding that all he was trying to do was to convey a message that all Nigerians should be able to live together in peace.
He said, “I apologize (to the Benue people) for the misconception of the statement I made at a press conference in Abuja. I was only trying to convey a message that Nigerians should live together in peace. As policemen, we try to avoid divisive statements.”
The IGP promised to probe all allegations raised against the Miyetti Allah Katah Houre by the Benue State government following the killings by Fulani herdsmen.
The IG also said the allegation by Governor Samuel Ortom that the killer-herdsmen launched their attack from neighbouring Nasarawa State would be investigated.
Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed that the dead toll had risen to 73 after two more bodies were found in the bush on Tuesday.