President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idristo move immediately to Benue State to restore law and order and forestall the escalation of herdsmen-farmers crisis.
Buhari gave the order on Monday night, accord to a statement by police spokesman Jimoh Moshood. The order came as more killings of innocent people by herdsmen in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas in Benue State were reported.
In compliance with the order, Idris is moving into the troubled state with additional five units of Police Mobile Force (PMF).
On Sunday, the police chief deployed, among other security measures, five MOPOL units. There are now ten of them in the crisis areas.
More Units of the Police Special Forces, Counter Terrorism Units, and Conventional Policemen were also deployed to the State on Monday.
“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 relentlessly with the patrols and crime prevention activities in the affected areas to sustain the normalcy that have been restored in the State”, Moshood said.
“The Force will not hesitate to deal decisively with trouble maker(s), any group(s) or individual for conduct likely to instigate the escalation of the crisis. The full weight of the law will 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 Government and the people of Benue State over the loss of innocent lives, the Force implored them to cooperate with the Nigeria Police Force in this latest effort to restore lasting peace in the State.
“The commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure Law and order and protection of lives and property of all Nigerians throughout the Country remains unequivocal and unwavering”, Moshood said.