Latest on Benue Killings: Buhari Gives Police Boss Marching Orders

By Dele Ogbodo

Following the unabated and unwarranted killings of innocent farmers in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of Benue State,

President Muhammadu Buhari, midnight of Monday ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to stop the ongoing mayhem in the LGAs that is becoming a killing field.

 Mr. Jimoh Moshood, the Force Spokesperson, in a statement made available to Sharpedgenewsonline at 12 midnight, said the IGP was given the marching order to restore law and order, prevent further loss of lives and forestall the crisis from escalating.

 The statement read: ''Following the recent unfortunate killings of innocent people in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas in Benue State and the intervention, and ongoing efforts of the Nigeria Police Force to restore peace in the State, the President and commander in Chief of Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR has ordered few hours ago, that the Inspector General of Police moves immediately to Benue State to restore law and order, prevent further loss of lives and forestall the crisis from escalating and spreading in the State.

 ''In compliance with the Presidential directives, the IGP is moving into Benue state with additional 5 Units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) making a total of 10 Units of PMF deployed in the State which is 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 already being deployed to the State as at this time today to comply in totality with the Presidential order."

 Moshood, stressed that 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.

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