Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday accused Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris of bias in the handling of the herdsmen/ farmers clashes in the state.
Ortom, who appeared before the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to state his own side in the Benue killings, was said to have presented copies of letters he wrote notifying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and security agencies of the pending attacks by armed herdsmen in the state.
The meeting was held behind closed doors after the opening speech by Chairman of the committee Senator Abu Ibrahim.
A source said Ortom clearly told the committee that the Inspector General of Police had no business whatsoever in determining whether the anti- open grazing law the state enacted was good or bad.
It was gather that Ortom insisted that the IGP only has the constitutional mandate to uphold and enforce the law as made by the state.
According to the source, “Ortom also presented copies of the letters he wrote to security agencies alerting them of the pending attacks.”
The attack, which was eventually launched on January 1 claimed over 73 lives in two communities of in Logo and Guma local government councils.
Ortom, who appeared before the committee yesterday, expressed a vote of no confidence on Idris, who he accused of taking sides in the crises.
Source: The Nation