President Muhammadu Buhari may be gearing up to sack the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris for not relocating to to Benue State as ordered after he queried him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.
It is understood that the query-meeting lasted for 30 minutes after which Idris vanished from the Presidential Villa without talking to journalists.
However, a source at the Presidency told the Punch that, “IGP Idris, was the first caller this (Tuesday) morning at the Presidential Villa apparently to explain his flouting of the President’s order to remain in Benue at the height of the clash between farmers and herdsmen.
“President Buhari who is believed to have summoned the IG, received him in a private audience. The IG left about 30 minutes after without speaking to anyone.
“It is believed the President demanded for a full report on police operations till date after which he will make further decisions.
“There is a renewed resolve to make sure that the killings and bad security situation in Benue State abate.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, also confirmed the meeting.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, had earlier said while answering questions during a radio programme, Political Platform, on RayPower FM that President Buhari would first give Idris the opportunity to defend himself against the allegation of disobeying a presidential order before taking any action on the allegation.
It is therefore believed that the purpose of the meeting was to afford him that opportunity.
Buhari had during a meeting with stakeholders in Makurdi during his visit to Benue State on Monday said he did not know that IGP flouted his order to relocate to the state when the recent killings started.
According to Adesina, it would not have been proper for Buhari to act on the matter immediately after learning of Idris’ disobedience.
With President Buhari being under intense pressure and facing public criticism over his poor response to the Benue crisis, the signs are that he might sacrifice the Inspector General of police to save face politically.