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Benue Killings: Ortom calls for resignation of IGP

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Benue state govenor, Samuel Ortom, has demanded for the resignation of the inspector-general of police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris for failing to stop the killings by herdsmen.
He said comments by the IGP before a senate committee on police affair was “a mockery and a shameful dance on the graves of those killed in the state by herdsmen”.
The IGP who appeared on Friday before the senate committee on police affairs had told the committee that the anti-grazing law in the state was responsible for the killings.
Idris had called for the suspension of the law until ranches were put in place, stressing that the law was responsible for the increasing clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
Reacting to the IGP’s comments, Ortom accused him of bias, saying Idris should resign if he is not competent to help bring an end to the invasion and killing of innocent people in Benue and other states by herdsmen.
A statement by Terver Akase, his spokesman, Ortom maintained that the IGP was misleading Nigerians on happenings concerning the killings in Benue state.
The governor said Idris’ statement on the grazing law operating in the state shows he is not on the side of Nigerians that are being killed.
He said “If truly the IGP said what was widely reported by the media, our conclusion is that he is a clear case of a man who is either on a mission to mislead the nation or is complicit in the attacks on Benue communities and the killing of many people by terror herdsmen.
“With his latest demand that the ranching law of Benue be suspended, it is now clear where the loyalty and interest of the inspector-general of police lies, certainly not with innocent Nigerians.
“Little wonder herdsmen still proudly carry out sophisticated weapons and willfully terrorise innocent people in the state without being arrested.
“We wish to place it on record that contrary to the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that the IGP should relocate to Benue to ensure that the killings stop, the IGP spent only one day in Benue and left for a destination where only he can tell. No one has seen him in Benue since that day.
“Benue now has nearly 100,000 internally displaced persons in seven camps established by the state government.
We therefore find IG Idris statement as a mockery and a shameful dance on the graves of those killed in the state by herdsmen.
“If the inspector-general of police, Mr. Idris, is not competent to help bring an end to the invasion and killing of innocent people in Benue and other states by herdsmen, the noble thing to do is to resign instead of twisting facts to suit his objective.”

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