Killings: Buhari moves IG to Benue




In this photo taken with a mobile phone, Tuesday, May. 7, 2013, soldiers looks at bodies of suspected Islamic extremist killed during heavy fighting in Bama, Nigeria. Coordinated attacks by Islamic extremists armed with heavy machine guns killed at least 42 people in northeast Nigeria, authorities said Tuesday, the latest in a string of increasingly bloody attacks threatening peace in Africa's most populous nation. The attack struck multiple locations in the hard-hit town of Bama in Nigeria's Borno state, where shootings and bombings have continued unstopped since an insurgency began there in 2010. Fighters raided a federal prison during their assault as well, freeing 105 inmates in another mass prison break to hit the country, officials said. (AP Photo/Abdukareem Haruna)

By Agi Onda

Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to immediately move to Benue state to restore law and order in the troubled state.
The presidential directive follows the recent unfortunate killings of innocent people in Guma and Logo local areas of the state, which has reportedly led to the death of over 70 persons.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CSP Jimoh Ibrahim, yesterday said, “in compliance with the Presidential directives, the IGP is moving into Benue state with additional five (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 .”
The statement said more units of the police Special Forces, counter terrorism units, and conventional policemen were already being deployed to the state “to comply in totality with the presidential order.”
It added that the aerial surveillance by police helicopters would continue, while the police mobile force personnel, police special forces and conventional police personnel, the counter terrorism unit, police explosive ordinance department as well as the special police joint intelligence and investigation teams already deployed to the state would 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.
Jimoh said the Force would not hesitate to deal decisively with trouble makers, any group or individuals for conduct likely to instigate the escalation of the , adding that the full weight of the law would 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 and people of Benue state over the loss of innocent lives, the Force implore them to cooperate with the Nigeria Police in this latest effort to restore lasting peace in the state,” he stated.

 

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